Canadian judge releases Huawei chief financial officer

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the founder of the telecoms juggernaut, was arrested on December 1, 2018 at the Vancouver airport.

A Canadian judge released Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and closed the extradition proceedings, in a short hearing Friday before the Supreme Court of British Columbia. This hearing in Vancouver, in the presence of Meng Wanzhou, took place a few hours after the conclusion of an agreement between Washington and Huawei allowing the financial director of the Chinese telecoms giant, who lives on probation in Canada, to return to China. . The daughter of the founder of Huawei was arrested on December 1, 2018 at the Vancouver airport at the request of Washington, who wanted to try her in particular for “Bank fraud”.

A Brooklyn Federal Court judge had “accepted” prior to the agreement between the US Department of Justice and Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers. A representative of the Department of Justice proposed in this court in New York to “report” until December 1, 2022 (four years after Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada) the proceedings initiated since the end of 2018 against the CFO, in particular for “conspiracy” in order to commit a “bank fraud ”. If that deal is not challenged or broken by Dec. 1, the lawsuits will be dropped, according to the US Department of Justice official. With the acceptance of the terms of this agreement, three years of legal battle and tension between Beijing, Washington and Ottawa should come to an end.

Meng Wanzhou, under house arrest in Vancouver for almost three years, boarded a plane to Shenzhen on Friday, while two Canadians detained in China since late 2018 were on a plane to return home. “at home”. Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor were arrested in China for espionage, causing an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing. Their detention was viewed by Canada as a retaliatory measure for the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.

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Prosecutions for bank fraud

The 49-year-old daughter of the founder of the telecoms juggernaut was arrested on December 1, 2018 at Vancouver airport at the request of Washington, which wants to try her for bank fraud. The American justice accuses the number two of the telecoms giant of having lied to an executive of the bank HSBC during a meeting in Hong Kong in 2013, about the links between the Chinese group and a subsidiary named Skycom which sold equipment to Iran, exposing the establishment to US sanctions.

Huawei said on Saturday that it is “would defend“Against the allegations of American justice:”Huawei will continue to defend itself against these allegations in New York’s Eastern District CourtThe company said in a statement.

In recent weeks, Meng Wanzhou’s attorneys have again argued that the United States is suing “abusiveTo their client. An opinion shared by the Chinese government. Beijing in particular considered that it was a “political persecution ”. “The so-called ‘fraud’ allegation against Meng Wangzhou is totally fabricated,” said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as quoted by state broadcaster CCTV.

Since 2018, China believes that the US administration – at the time of President Donald Trump – was above all seeking to weaken Huawei, a cutting-edge Chinese company and world leader in 5G equipment and networks, unmatched on the American side.


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