Huawei’s chief financial officer has reached a deal with US prosecutors that allows her to return to China.
Hours after Meng Wanzhou resolved the criminal charges against her, two Canadians detained in China on spying charges were released from prison and flown out of the country.
The executive, who is also the daughter of the company’s founder Ren Zhengfei, has been in Canada since she was arrested at Vancouver’s airport in December 2018.
Her arrest followed an extradition warrant issued by the US for a range of charges relating to alleged breaches of sanctions against Iran.
But the deal method the US Department of Justice will drop its request to extradite her to the US and fraud charges against her will be dismissed in December 2022 – exactly four years after her arrest.
Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in China in December 2018 shortly after Canada arrested Meng. Many countries labelled China’s action “hostage politics”.
Canadian chief Minister Justin Trudeau called a news conference on Friday to announce the release of Kovrig and Spavor about an hour after Meng’s plane left Canada for China.
The former Huawei chief financial officer’s deal with US prosecutors depends on her complying with certain conditions, including accepting responsibility for misrepresenting her company’s business dealings in Iran.
Meng’s defence lawyer Michelle Levin said she expected Meng to to pay attention to the conditions, adding: “We’re very pleased that in the meantime she can go home to her family”.
The details were confirmed during a court hearing, with Meng appearing via video from the Vancouver mansion where she was bailed after her arrest.
The court revoked all bail conditions, and Meng left for China shortly afterwards.
Before she left, Meng said: “Over the last three years my life has been turned upside down.
“It was a disturbing time for me as a mother, a wife and as a company executive.
“But I believe every cloud has a silver lining. It really was an highly useful experience in my life.
“I will never forget all the good wishes I received.”
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