OTTAWA/TORONTO — A B.C. judge has dismissed the extradition case against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, allowing Meng to settle criminal charges against him after US Justice Department officials reached an agreement to resolve criminal charges against him. , which has been a major geopolitical center for a year. case, to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement and leave Canada under certain conditions.
Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes signed the acquittal order in Meng’s extradition case on Friday afternoon, ending a nearly three-year legal saga.
Holmes thanked Meng for his behavior during the hearing and released him from the bail conditions.
Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, Meng thanked Holmes for his “fairness” during the proceedings, as well as his lawyers, family and friends for helping him through this “difficult time”.
“I also commend the Canadian government for their professionalism to the Crown and upholding the rule of law,” Meng said. “I am also grateful to the Canadian people and media friends for your tolerance. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Over the past three years, Meng said his life has “turned upside down.”
Meng – who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei – has been under house arrest in Vancouver since she was first detained at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on a US warrant related to the company’s business dealings in Iran.
Facing charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Meng has claimed his innocence throughout the process, and is fighting extradition through the courts of Canada.
The discharge of the extradition case comes after the Chinese telecommunications giant’s CFO appeared virtually in a New York courtroom on Friday morning and pleaded “not guilty” to all charges and signed a prosecution agreement postponed by a US judge.
“Meng made several misrepresentations to a senior executive of a financial institution in connection with Huawei’s business operations in Iran in an effort to maintain Huawei’s banking ties with the financial institution … Meng’s admission of this financial fraud.” confirm the crux of the allegations of the Government in the prosecution.” read description, which description is longer Agreed statement of facts in the case.
The judge allowed Meng to be released on a personal identification bond, dismissed with good behavior pending charges against him, until December 1, 2022, four years from the day he was detained at Vancouver International Airport. was taken. 2018.
“Meng has also agreed not to commit other federal, state or local crimes. If Meng has breached the agreement, she will be subject to prosecution of all charges against her in the third supersiding indictment filed in this case,” read the statements.
Following the verdict in B.C., Canada’s Justice Department issued a statement confirming that the US had dropped his extradition request.
“As a result, there is no ground to continue the extradition proceedings and the Justice Minister’s representative withdrew the right to proceed with the termination of the extradition proceedings. The judge released Meng Wanzhou of all his bail conditions. Meng Wanzhou’s Free to leave Canada,” the statement read.
The Justice Department said “Canada is a country of law” and Meng was provided with “a fair process before the courts in accordance with Canadian law.”
“It speaks to the independence of Canada’s judicial system,” the statement said.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. Lesco said in a statement that the US is “extremely grateful” to the Canadian Department of Justice “for its dedicated work on this extradition and its steadfast adherence to the rule of law”. “
Meng’s lawyer said in a statement The decision followed in the US that he was “very pleased” with the deal.
“We fully expect that the indictment will be dismissed with prejudice after 14 months. Now, she will be free to return home to be with her family,” said William W. Taylor, III.
Granthshala News spoke to a source who says Meng’s prosecutor talks with the US Justice Department have been ongoing for months, and may include any settlements related to the ongoing detentions of Canada’s Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China. Not there.
Kovrig and Spavor were taken into custody just days after Meng’s arrest and are now in Chinese custody for 1,019 days on espionage charges, largely seen as a retaliatory response to Meng’s Canadian arrest Is.
Both men are put on trial, and Spavor has been sentenced to 11 years, while Kovrig has yet to be sentenced. It is not clear whether today’s developments will have any impact on his affairs.
“I want to say ‘Next Tuesday at one o’clock, they’ll be home’, but the Chinese regime doesn’t work that way. It’s possible that more concessions could be taken from Canada to get them back home, Margaret McCuegg-Johnston, a science, society and policy senior fellow at the University of Ottawa, said in an interview on Granthshala News Channel. “But of course behind the scenes, our ambassador will work furiously with his people on the ground in Beijing to press for his immediate release.”
Canadian officials acting on US requests sparked diplomatic tensions between Canada and China, and relations have strained significantly over the years, resulting in a series of trade actions, and a rally of international allies denouncing China’s international law. condemned the government.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously suggested that Canada should consider exchanging the two Canadians for Meng, citing the need to work its way through the legal system.
This came after a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman suggested in 2020 that Canada could affect the fate of Kovrig and Spavor by halting its attempt to extradite Meng, a departure from China’s persistent denial that the case was in any way. were associated with.