Meng strikes deal with U.S. justice officials; Canada discharges extradition request

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OTTAWA — US Justice Department official and Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou have reached an agreement to resolve criminal charges against her and a B.C. judge has dropped her extradition case, which granted the woman a year-long large landmass. Allows the political to be at the center of the matter. To enter into a deferred prosecution agreement and to leave Canada under certain conditions.

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Meng, who appeared virtually in a New York courtroom as part of the proceedings, on Friday pledged “not guilty” and would be released on a personal identification bond, dismissing good behavior pending charges against him. will be given, as of December. 1, 2022, four years after the day he was detained at Vancouver International Airport in 2018.

“Meng has also agreed not to commit other federal, state or local crimes. If Meng breaches the agreement, she will be subject to prosecution of all charges against her in the third superseding indictment filed in this case,” read the statement. .

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After the US court agreed to the deal, US officials informed the Canadian government that they had withdrawn their extradition request. BC Justice Heather Holmes signed the acquittal order in Meng’s extradition case on Friday afternoon, ending a nearly three-year legal saga.

With the extradition proceedings against Meng now on hold, the Chinese telecommunications giant CFO will be able to leave Canada.

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“We are deeply grateful to the Canadian Department of Justice for its dedicated work on this extradition and its steadfast adherence to the rule of law,” Mark Jay Lesco, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s National Security Division, said in a statement.

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.

“In entering into the Deferred Prosecution Agreement, Meng assumes responsibility for his leading role in perpetuating a scheme to defraud a global financial institution,” Nicole Boeckman, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement. said.

“Meng made several material misrepresentations to a senior executive of a financial institution in connection with Huawei’s business operations in Iran in an attempt to maintain Huawei’s banking ties with the financial institution … Meng’s admission of this financial fraud prosecution I confirm the crux of the allegations of the Government.” read description, which description is longer Agreed statement of facts in the case.

Meng’s lawyer said he was “very pleased” with the deal.

“We fully expect that the indictment will be dismissed with prejudice after fourteen months. Now, she will be free to return home to be with her family.” William W. Taylor, III said in a statement.

Justice Secretary and Attorney General David Lametti’s office declined to comment ahead of a US court appearance on Friday.

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 be able 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 McCuag-Johnston, senior fellow for science, society and policy at the University of Ottawa, said in an interview on Granthshala News Channel. “But of course behind the scenes, our ambassador is in Beijing with his people on the ground in his immediate release. Will work furiously to create pressure for

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.

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