Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou flies back to China after deal with US

Huawei's Meng Wanzhou flies back to China after deal with US
Meng Wanzhou (C) leaves British Columbia Supreme Court. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: A top Huawei executive held in Canada on US fraud charges has left the country after a deal with prosecutors. The release of the top Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou happened after years of diplomatic tensions over her fate.

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, one of the top tech companies in the world, was detained on fraud charges in December 2018 at the request of the US.

The US Justice Department dropped an extradition request for her on Friday.

The case angered China and strained relations with Canada and the US.

The arrest of Ms Meng also prompted accusations that China had detained two Canadian nationals in retaliation, which China denied.

After being freed from Canadian detention, Ms Meng told reporters: “My life has been turned upside down. It was a disruptive time for me.”

Sghe continued: “Every cloud has a silver lining. I will never forget all the good wishes I received from people around the world.”

Shortly afterward of her release, she boarded an Air China plane bound for Shenzhen, according to AFP news agency.

Details of a possible deal for the top Huawei executive’s release have been the subject of intense negotiations between Chinese and US diplomats.

Washington alleged that Ms Meng misled HSBC bank over the true nature of Huawei’s relationship with a company called Skycom, putting the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Iran.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement on Friday that it had reached a deferred prosecution agreement.

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