U.S. justice officials reach deal with Huawei’s Meng to resolve criminal charges

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OTTAWA — US Justice Department officials are indicating they are ready to settle criminal charges against Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, and representatives from both sides will soon appear in a New York court to address the matter .

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According to a letter written with the United States District Court Eastern District of New York on Friday, the US Justice Department will appear in court to address “a resolution of the charges against the defendant in this case,” potentially ending It is a legal and diplomatic saga of almost three years.

It’s possible that at 1 p.m. EDT, when the case is ready to go to court virtually, Meng could admit some wrongdoing and be fined as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, according to reports.

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A second court appearance is possible in the BC Supreme Court, pending results in New York. If a deal is agreed with the Americans, the extradition proceedings against Meng could be put on hold, which could result in the Chinese telecom giant’s CFO leaving Canada.

Meng has been placed under house arrest in Vancouver since he was first detained at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 on a US warrant related to the company’s business deals in Iran.

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Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has claimed her innocence and is fighting extradition through Canadian courts.

Huawei Canada and the Office of Justice Minister and Attorney General David Lametti declined to comment at this time.

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.

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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