‘Princess of Huawei’ sent home as two Canadians detained in China released from prison


Outside the courtroom, Ms. Meng thanked the Canadian government for upholding the rule of law, expressed her gratitude to the Canadian people and apologized “for the inconvenience.”

“Over the past three years my life has been turned upside down,” she said.

“It was a disruptive time for me as a mother, wife and business leader. But I believe every cloud has a silver lining. It was truly an invaluable experience in my life. I will never forget all the good wishes. that I received. “

Soon after, Ms. Meng left on an Air China flight to Shenzhen, China, where Huawei’s headquarters are located.

Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of network equipment for telephone and Internet companies. It has been a symbol of China’s progress to become a global technological powerhouse – and a concern for security and law enforcement in the United States.

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Some analysts say Chinese companies have flouted international rules and standards and stolen the technology.

The case against Ms Meng stems from a January 2019 indictment by the Trump administration’s Justice Department that accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and using a Hong Kong shell company called Skycom to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions.

The indictment also accused Ms Meng herself of committing fraud by misleading HSBC bank about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

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The indictment came amid a broader Trump administration crackdown on Huawei over concerns from the US government that the company’s products could facilitate Chinese espionage. The administration cut off Huawei’s access to U.S. components and technology, including Google Music and other smartphone services, and subsequently banned vendors around the world from using U.S. technology to produce components for Huawei.

The Biden White House, meanwhile, has maintained a hard line on Huawei and other Chinese companies whose technology is believed to pose national security risks.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims by the US government and safety concerns with its products.

Ms. Meng had long fought against the Justice Ministry’s extradition request, with her lawyers calling the case against her flawed and claiming that she was being used as a “bargaining chip” in a political game. They cited a 2018 interview in which then-President Donald Trump said he would be prepared to intervene in the case if it helps secure a trade deal with China or helps security interests. the United States.

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Last month, a Canadian judge did not decide whether Ms Meng should be extradited to the United States after a lawyer for the Canadian Department of Justice concluded her case saying there was enough evidence to show that she was dishonest and deserved to be tried in the United States.