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Canada Canadians released after Huawei CFO resolves US charges

05:15  25 september  2021
05:15  25 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

Case Huawei: Leader Meng Wanzhou Released by Canadian Justice

 Case Huawei: Leader Meng Wanzhou Released by Canadian Justice © AP - Darryl Dyck The leader of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, at the exit of the Vancouver Supreme Court, British Columbia, September 24, 2021 . A Vancouver judge released the financial director of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, and closed the extradition procedure, Friday, September 24th. The Founder's daughter of the Chinese Telecom Giant was arrested at the end of 2018 and lived at supervised freedom in Canada, while the United States wanted to judge her for "banking fraud".

New York (AP) -- Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges have been released from prison and flown out of the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday, hours after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges against her in a deal with the U . S . Justice Department. Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei ’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, on a U . S . extradition request.

Chinese tech giant Huawei 's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhour has reached a deal with U . S . prosecutors to halt the bank fraud case against her on Friday, a move that will allow her to leave Canada and ease tensions between China and the U . S . Meng – the daughter of Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei – pleaded not guilty to the charges in the hearing. Beyond solving a dispute between the United States and China, the agreement could also pave the way for the release of two Canadians , businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who have been held in China since

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges were released from prison and flown out of the country on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday, hours after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges against her in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

  Canadians released after Huawei CFO resolves US charges © Provided by The Canadian Press

The frenetic chain of events involving the global powers brought an abrupt end to legal and geopolitical wrangling that for the past three years has roiled relations between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa. The three-way deal enabled China and Canada to each bring home their own detained citizens while the U.S. wrapped up a criminal case against a prominent tech executive that for months had been mired in an extradition fight.

Canadians released after Huawei CFO resolves US charges

  Canadians released after Huawei CFO resolves US charges NEW YORK (AP) — Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges were released from prison and flown out of the country on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, just after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies reached a deal with the U.S. Justice Department over fraud charges and flew to China. The frenetic chain of events involving the global powers brought an abrupt end to legal and geopolitical wrangling that for the past three years has roiled relations between Washington, Beijing and Ottawa. The three-way deal enabled China and Canada to each bring home their own detained citizens while the U.S.

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou has entered a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in the US , paving the way for her to leave Canada , where she has spent nearly three years in detention. A Canadian judge ordered Meng released from custody and vacated the bail requirement on Friday afternoon. The Chinese executive was “in tears” as she hugged her lawyers, according to Canadian reporters. Breaking News: Meng is free. Judge has signed order of discharge which also vacates bail.

The daughter of Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei was arrested at Vancouver International Airport during a layover stop after US authorities alleged that she had a role in violating American sanctions against Iran. Martian. The corporate war profit and its handlers in Fasvincton never had a case, just yet another dirty geopolitical sabotage against yet another sovereign nation. The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York charged Meng with fraud in December 2018.

The first activity came Friday afternoon when Meng Wanzhou, 49, Huawei's chief finance officer and the daughter of the company's founder, reached an agreement with federal prosecutors that called for fraud charges against her to be dismissed next year and allowed for her to return to China immediately. As part of the deal, known as a deferred prosecution agreement, she accepted responsibility for misrepresenting the company's business dealings in Iran.

About an hour after Meng's plane left Canada for China, Trudeau revealed that Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were also on their way home. The men were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng on a U.S. extradition request. Many countries labeled China's action “hostage politics.”

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Canadian state broadcaster CBC confirmed a Reuters report that Meng will plead guilty in a New York court later in the day. The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York charged Meng with fraud in late 2018.It is expected that the extradition process against Meng - conducted in the Supreme Court of British Columbia - will be stayed pending the deal in New York, and the Huawei CFO will be set free and allowed to leave Canada .The British See: " Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud, Conspiracy Charges After Reaching Deal With US " also posted here at Sputnik.

Huawei Technologies (HWT.UL) Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou and U . S . prosecutors are expected to appear in court to say they have reached an agreement to resolve charges against her, according to a source familiar with the matter, in a process that should allow her to leave Canada . The agreement could also potentially pave the way for the release of the two Canadians held in China, who were arrested shortly after Meng was taken in custody in 2018. A spokeswoman for Huawei declined to comment.

"These two men have been through an unbelievably difficult ordeal. For the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by that,” Trudeau said.

The deal was reached as President Joe Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have sought to tamp down signs of public tension — even as the world’s two dominant economies are at odds on issues as diverse as cybersecurity, climate change, human rights and trade and tariffs. Biden said in an address before the U.N. General Assembly earlier this week that he had no intention of starting a “new Cold War,” while Xi told world leaders that disputes among countries “need to be handled through dialogue and cooperation.”

As part of the deal with Meng, which was disclosed in federal court in Brooklyn, the Justice Department agreed to dismiss the fraud charges against her in December 2022 — exactly four years after her arrest — provided that she complies with certain conditions, including not contesting any of the government's factual allegations. The Justice Department also agreed to drop its request that Meng be extradited to the U.S., which she had vigorously challenged, ending a process that prosecutors said could have persisted for months.

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The expected US federal court appearance was reported widely on Friday based on a source close to the proceedings cited in Reuters and Canada 's The Globe and Mail . Reuters underscores the US court appearance and deal reached with federal prosecutors is expected to end in a softening of the US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Thursday statements said further action against Huawei in particular could be taken "if necessary" - after the Biden administration has come under pressure from Republican lawmakers. At the same time she expressed a desire on the part of the US to resolve

Reuters. Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou has reached an agreement with US prosecutors to resolve the bank fraud case against her, according to sources familiar with the matter, in a process that should allow her to leave Canada and relieve a point of tension between the world's two Beyond solving a dispute between the United States and China, the agreement could also pave the way for the release of two Canadians , businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who are held in China after being arrested shortly after Meng was taken in custody in 2018.

After appearing via videoconference for her New York hearing, Meng made a brief court appearance in Vancouver, where she has been out on bail and living in her mansion since her arrest.

Outside the courtroom, Meng thanked the Canadian government for upholding the rule of law, expressed gratitude to the Canadian people and apologized "for the inconvenience I caused.”

“Over the last three years my life has been turned upside down,” she said. “It was a disruptive 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 invaluable experience in my life. I will never forget all the good wishes I received.”

Shortly afterward, Meng left on an Air China flight for Shenzhen, China, the location of Huawei's headquarters.

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies. It has been a symbol of China’s progress in becoming a technological world power — and a subject of U.S. security and law enforcement concerns. Some analysts say Chinese companies have flouted international rules and norms and stolen technology.

Kovrig and Spavor on way back to Canada after nearly three years detention in China

  Kovrig and Spavor on way back to Canada after nearly three years detention in China Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were free and bound for home late Friday after being imprisoned in China for nearly three years, while Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was heading in the other direction, her own legal saga ending in a deal with the United States. The pair of flights made for a dramatic end to an international battle, both publicly and behind the scenes, that began nearly three years ago with the arrest of Meng at the Vancouver airport.

The case against Meng stems from a January 2019 indictment from the Trump administration Justice Department that accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. The indictment also charged Meng herself with committing fraud by misleading the HSBC bank about the company's business dealings in Iran.

The indictment came amid a broader Trump administration crackdown against Huawei over U.S. government concerns that the company's products could facilitate Chinese spying. The administration cut off Huawei’s access to U.S. components and technology, including Google’s music and other smartphone services, and later barred vendors worldwide from using U.S. technology to produce components for Huawei.

The Biden White House, meanwhile, has kept up a hard line on Huawei and other Chinese corporations whose technology is thought to pose national security risks.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the U.S. government’s allegations and security concerns about its products.

Meng had long fought the Justice Department's extradition request, with her lawyers calling the case against her flawed and alleging that she was being used as a “bargaining chip” in political gamesmanship. They cited a 2018 interview in which then-President Donald Trump said he'd be willing to intervene in the case if it would help secure a trade deal with China or aid U.S. security interests.

Last month, a Canadian judge held off on ruling whether Meng should be extradited to the U.S. after a Canadian Justice Department lawyer wrapped up his case saying there was enough evidence to show she was dishonest and deserved to stand trial in the U.S.

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Tucker reported from Washington and Gillies from Toronto. Associated Press writer Jim Morris in Vancouver, Canada, contributed to this report.

Eric Tucker, Jim Mustian And Rob Gillies, The Associated Press

Trudeau says decision on Huawei’s fate on Canadian 5G expected ‘within coming weeks’ .
The Trudeau government has yet to decide if the Chinese telecommunication will be granted permission to work with Canadian networks to create a 5G network . On Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked about why his government hasn't banned Huawei, and if it plans to. "We've actually seen that many Canadian telecommunications companies, if not all of them, have started to remove Huawei from their networks and are moving forward in ways that don't involve them as a company," Trudeau said.

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