Huawei vice president and the US reached an agreement on a conditional suspension of proceedings on Friday. Meng Wanzhou confirmed that she was willing to accept the agreement of her own free will – she flew to China on Friday. “Meng Wanzhou is free to leave Canada,” the country’s justice ministry said earlier. Two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, imprisoned in China since December 2018, are returning to the country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
On Friday, a New York court approved the conditional suspension of the fraud proceedings that served as the basis for Meng’s Canadian extradition request. Earlier, the lawyers of Huawei’s vice president and the US Department of Justice reached an agreement on a conditional suspension of proceedings. Meng attended the New York trial by videoconference.
Following the decision of the New York court, the Vancouver court, at the request of the US, terminated the extradition proceedings of Huawei’s vice president. Meng Wanzhou, who has been under house arrest in Canada for three years, flew to China on Friday, Canadian media reported.
Huawei’s vice president reached an agreement with the US Justice Department
Meng’s agreement with the US Department of Justice runs for four years from the date of the detention of Huawei’s vice president and ends on December 1, 2022. The conditional suspension of the proceedings states that if Meng fulfills the obligations imposed on her, the US government will not uphold the allegations, and in the event of a breach of the terms of the agreement, the proceedings may be resumed – reported on Twitter from a CBC public broadcast journalist who watched the virtual court hearing.
He added that Meng found that the facts of the case were as stated in the agreement and that if she breached the terms of the agreement, these facts could be used against her. She also confirmed that all agreed information had been translated into Chinese (Mandarin) for her needs.
According to earlier unofficial information from the CBC, payment of the penalty is part of the stay agreement.
Canadians Spavor and Kovrig, arrested in China, return to the country
Although the Beijing government claimed that the Kovrig and Spaver and Meng cases were not related, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that the two Canadians who have been imprisoned since 2018 are returning to the country. “These two people went through an incredibly hard test. Over the past 1,000 days, they have demonstrated strength, endurance, resilience and class, said Trudeau, quoted in Canadian media.
He added that Spavor and Kovrig had left China by plane at 7:30 PM Canadian Eastern Time (1:00 AM Polish time) and were returning with Canada’s Ambassador to Beijing, Dominic Barton.
Arrest of Spaver and Kovrig in China
Spavor and Kovrig were arrested in China on December 10, 2018, nine days after the vice president of the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada at the request of the US. In early August, Spavor was convicted of alleged espionage to 11 years in prison and deported. The trial of Kovrig, who was also charged with espionage, ended in March, but no sentence has been issued since then.
On Friday afternoon, local time, a court in Vancouver, which is conducting the extradition proceedings of Huawei’s vice president, closed the proceedings on Friday at the request of the United States. Hours earlier on Friday, a New York court approved the conditional suspension of the fraud proceedings that was the basis for Meng’s Canadian extradition request. The agreement is valid for four years from the date of Meng’s arrest and ends on December 1, 2022.
The conditional suspension of the proceedings states that if Meng fulfills its obligations, the US government will not stand the charges. In the event of a breach of the terms of the agreement, the proceedings may be resumed.
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