WASHINGTON – The United States on Friday ended the legal saga surrounding Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest in Canada in 2018 sparked an international standoff that left lasting scars on Canada-China relations. China.
A federal judge formally dismissed the last remaining charge against Ms Meng after prosecutors agreed she had complied with the terms of her suspended prosecution agreement.
The order by New York’s Eastern District Judge Ann Donnelly came four years after Ms. Meng was first detained in Vancouver in December 2018 in connection with a controversial extradition request from the United States that implicated Canada in a legal dispute with China.
It is the final step in the deal, which would see Ms Meng released in September 2021, nearly three years after she was arrested at the behest of the United States to face related fraud charges. US sanctions against Iran.
Prosecutors had accused Ms Meng and Huawei of stealing secrets and using Skycom, a Hong Kong communications firm, to sell technical equipment to Iran in violation of sanctions under the Credentials Act, international emergency economies.
Two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, were arrested in China days later in an apparent act of retaliation.
Ms Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has pleaded not guilty to all charges under the deal. In return, she accepted a statement of facts that acknowledged, among other things, that Skycom – which she claimed was a partner with Huawei – was essentially a wholly owned subsidiary.
The agreement made it clear that she would be in breach of the agreement if she attempted to contradict or deny the statement, which would then be admissible in any future litigation.
U.S. Attorney Carolyn Pokorny filed the request with Judge Donnelly on Thursday.
“In the absence of information that [Mme Meng] violated the terms of [l’accord de poursuite suspendue] until 1 December 2022 […] the government respectfully proposes to dismiss the third damages charge in this case,” Ms. Pokorny writes.
A proposed order accompanying the decision, once approved by Judge Donnelly, would dismiss the indictment “with prejudice,” which would prevent prosecutors from reopening the case.
MM. Spavor and Kovrig, known around the world as “the two Michaels”, left China almost at the exact time Ms. Meng was repatriated to China.
China has long denied any connection between the two cases, despite the timing of the initial arrests as well as their eventual release.