An extradition court on Friday ordered the release of Huawei CEO Meng Wanzhou, who was under house arrest in Canada. I’ve now boarded a plane bound for China.
On Friday, Meng’s extradition case was closed, and the court ordered the terms of the bail to be rescinded. This means that she has been released and that the three-year legal saga is about to end.
“I have signed the release order,” Judge Heather Holmes said in the brief court hearing in which Canadian government attorneys on behalf of the United States requested a postponement of the proceedings and the revocation of bail.
The British Columbia Supreme Court decision came after Meng entered into an agreement with US attorneys general to avoid being charged with fraud.
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Meng spent nearly three years under house arrest in Vancouver. Outside the city courtroom, Meng thanked the judge, his supporters, Chinese authorities and even Canadian authorities for “upholding the law.”
In the past three years, my life has been turned upside down. It was a terrible time for me as a mother, wife and leader, said Meng, adding:
– I think the sky is blue behind the clouds. It was an invaluable experience in my life. As it is said, its greatest resistance, its greatest growth.
At the same time, the Canadian Ministry of Justice sent one statment This confirms that Meng can now leave the country freely. Meng did so soon after. Television images show that she boarded a plane from China Airlines, which was heading to the southeastern city of Shenzhen.
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The agreement is valid
Earlier on Friday, a hearing in Meng’s case was held in New York. Here, the US Department of Justice stated that it had entered into an agreement with them.
Meng agreed not to object to US authorities’ presentation of some of the facts described in an as-yet-unpublished document.
If you stick to the agreement, the fraud allegations will be dropped. In the same agreement, the United States withdrew its extradition request, allowing Meng to return to China.
Arrested in 2018
Meng was arrested in Canada in 2018 due to an extradition request from the United States. The US authorities have accused her of fraud and violating US sanctions against Iran. She has always said she is innocent and that the case is politically motivated.
Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecom giant Ren Zhengfei.
Meng’s arrest and detention contributed to the deterioration of relations between Canada and China. Shortly after Meng’s arrest, two Canadian citizens were arrested in China.
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In August, businessman Michael Spavor was convicted of espionage and illegal sharing of state secrets. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in Dandong City Court.
Former diplomat Michael Kovrig has also been charged with similar crimes. The cases have led to a very strained relationship between Canada and China. Both went behind closed doors, and Canadians expressed great concern about the lack of transparency.
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced their release and that they had “left Chinese airspace on their way home”. They will arrive on Saturday, Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa.
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