Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO, speaks after being released amid US plea deal
CA, 25 Sep 2021
Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou spoke Friday after attending court in B.C. where a U.S. extradition request was withdrawn, ending the court case that started with her initial arrest in 2018 in Canada.
Wanzhou thanked her legal team for their work and family and friends for their care and help. She also said her life "has been turned upside-down" over the past three years, but said it was also an "invaluable experience."
The judge’s decision to free Meng comes just hours after the Huawei executive secured a deal to resolve the charges against her in a U.S. court.
If she abides by the terms of the deal, U.S. prosecutors said all charges against her will be dismissed, paving the way for her release.
As part of the new deferred prosecution agreement, Meng plead not guilty.
In Meng’s initial arrest, Canadian officials were acting on a U.S. warrant that had charged her with fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.
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