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After serving three years under house arrest, Huawei’s chief financial officer – and the daughter of the Chinese tech giant’s founder – will be released in Canada, where she was detained in December 2018 after an extradition request issued by the United States.
On Friday, the US Department of Justice could withdraw the application against Meng Wanzhou after the two parties reached a deferred prosecution agreement that could lead to a final withdrawal of the charges.
This means that the Department of Justice will refrain from prosecuting Meng until at least December 2022. If he meets the conditions set by the court by then, the case will be dropped.
Under this agreement, your extradition case in Canada will be denied and He can be released immediately.
Prosecutors also recommended that Meng be released on a personal pledge, which would allow her to be released without any guarantees.
The United States alleges that Meng misled HSBC about the true nature of Huawei’s relationship with a company called Skycom, putting the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Iran.
This case that started An international dispute has strained China’s relations with the United States and Canada, It was marked by intense negotiations between American and Chinese diplomats.
accusations against Huawei
Meng Ho The eldest daughter of billionaire Ren Zhengfei, who founded Huawei in 1987 and made it one of the largest technology companies in the world.
Huawei has faced accusations that its equipment may be used by Chinese authorities for spying, which Beijing denies.
In 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on Huawei and put it on an export blacklist, excluding it from key technologies.
The United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia and Japan have also banned the use of Huawei technology, while other countries, including France and India, have taken steps that fall short of a complete ban.
A few days after Meng’s arrest in 2018, China detained two Canadian citizens, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, on suspicion of espionage.
In Canada, they have accused China of treating them as a political bargaining chip, and using them as part of what is known as “hostage diplomacy,” something Beijing also denies.
Last month, a Chinese court sentenced Michael Spavor to 11 years in prison.
Canada rejected the ruling, saying the businessman’s trial did not meet even the minimum standards required under international law.
Like many of Huawei’s top managers, until his arrest Meng Wanzhou Keep low profile.
Until a few years ago, it was not even known that she was the daughter of the founder of Huawei.
However, more intimate details of his life were revealed in the court that followed his case.
Meng went from answering phones to managing finances for the world’s second largest mobile phone maker in less than two decades.
In 1993 he began his career as a receptionist, and after obtaining a master’s degree in accounting from Huanzhong University of Science and Technology, in 1999 joined the ranks of Huawei, where It rose in the ranks of the largest private company in China.
Once in the finance department, she was appointed as the company’s chief financial officer in 2011 and promoted to vice president a few months before her arrest.
This promotion sparked speculation that Meng Wanzhou was being groomed to lead the company.
In 2018, Forbes magazine ranked her as the 12th most powerful female CEO in China.
Even shortly before his arrest, the ties he had with his father and founder of Huawei, Ren Zhangfei, were unknown.
At the age of 16, in a measure very unusual in Chinese tradition, Meng Wanzhou He adopted his mother’s family name, Meng Jun, who was Ren’s first wife.
Chinese executives working overseas often adopt a Western name for their overseas activities, so Meng Wanzhou is also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng.
Meng, who has four children and is married twice, testified in court that he was a resident of Canada until 2009, when he returned to China.
Two of her children attended school in Vancouver between 2009 and 2012, while Her husband was studying for a master’s degree in that city.
The affidavits indicated that after the sons graduated, Meng would spend “many weeks, sometimes months” in Vancouver during the summer.
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