CFO of Huawei Wanzhou flies back home as China releases two Canadians

11:37, 25 September 2021
CFO of Huawei Wanzhou flies back home as China releases two Canadians Photo: Andre M. Chang/ Look Press

Meng Wanzhou, Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, and the US Department of Justice on Friday concluded an agreement to defer US charges against her until the end of 2022.

District Judge Ann Donnelly approved the postponed prosecution deal during the Friday hearing. If Wanzhou complied with conditions established by court, the case would eventually be dropped.

The agreement allowed Wanzhou to leave Canada following her arrest in December 2018 in Vancouver and return back to her home country. On Friday, she boarded the Chinese government’s plane and left Canada, where she had been under house arrest in her multimillion-dollar homes in the city, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Freed Wanzhou, posted a message on WeChat following her release, in which she described her emotional state and praised China’s ruling Communist Party:

“As we get closer to home, I feel increasingly emotional, with tears welling up in my eyes. Under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, our motherland is moving towards prosperity. Without this strong motherland, I wouldn’t have my freedom today. I thank my beloved motherland, and I thank the Party and the government… for shining a light during my darkest hours and guiding me in my long journey home.”

Following Wanzhou’s release on Friday, Chinese authorities freed two Canadians, who had been behind bars for nearly three years, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor got into a plane headed to Canada at about 7:30 pm ET on Friday. Two Canadian nationals were detained by China as an alleged act of retaliation for Wanzhou’s arrest. Both were charged for espionage. However, China denied any connections between Wanzhou’s and Canadian nationals’ cases.

In December 2018, Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver at the request of the US. She was charged for misleading HSBC Holding PLC regarding Huawei’s business dealings with Iranian Skycom, causing the bank to breach US sanctions imposed on Tehran.