Hawaii executive arrested for fraud in Canada has reached an agreement with US prosecutors and is free to return to China
A Canadian judge closed the extradition case against Hawaii executive Meng Wancho on Friday. And ordered the removal of the conditions of his bail, which He released her and completed almost three years of legal storytelling.
The decision by British Columbia Deputy Chief Justice Heather Holmes comes after Meng reached an adjourned trial agreement with U.S. prosecutors to avoid fraud charges.
“I signed the release order”Holmes said at the end of a brief hearing that Canadian public prosecutors acting on behalf of the United States demanded that the investigation be stopped and the terms of the bond removed.
The chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has reached an agreement with prosecutors to settle US charges of being detained in Canada for nearly three years.The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
Meng was arrested in December 2019 in Vancouver, Canada With a U.S. court order HSBC has been accused of defrauding the bank and other banks by misrepresenting the links between Hawaii and Skycom. A subsidiary that sold telecommunications equipment to Iran.
Case added The deep rift between Beijing and Washington caught up with Canada in the middle.
The The Wall Street Journal I was looking forward to it Meng will admit fewer allegations, while dropping key fraud charges related to the sale to Iran by a Hawaii subsidiary.
The deal would allow Meng to return to China without facing imprisonment in the United States..
Meng, daughter of Ren Haw Zhengfai, senior Hawaii executive and founder It was on the Skycom board.
He was accused of concealing the company’s financial transactions through the US financial systemDespite US sanctions on Iran, the FBI is lying to investigators.
United States, Campaigned against Hawaii for selling phones that allowed the Chinese government to spy on Americans. She pressured Canada to arrest her.
Meng was placed under house arrest after being arrested in Canada. He faces a possible 30-year prison sentence on the charges, China called it “purely political.”
A few days after his arrest, China arrested two Canadians for allegedly spying on businessman Michael Spear and former diplomat Michael Gowrick.. Both were interrogated in March and Spawer was sentenced in August to 11 years in prison. No decision has been announced in the Govric case.
Western nations have accused China of “hostage diplomacy” for arresting and prosecuting Canadians. Beijing-Ottawa relations have been affected by the affair and the relationship of Canadians detained in China.
Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau condemned Spear’s sentence as “unacceptable and unreasonable” and said the allegations were “fabricated”.
Last Saturday, Globe and Mail He noted that US officials have resumed talks with Huawei to plead guilty to bank fraud in exchange for an adjourned lawsuit against a Chinese telecommunications company.
(With AFP and EFE information)