Monday, August 15, 2022

China frees two Canadians after release of Huawei CFO

China has freed two Canadians following the release of Huawei Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou.

Both Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were arrested on Chinese soil immediately after the arrest of the Huawei CFO in Canada under the orders of the US.

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Meng the daughter of tech giants Huawei was arrested in 2018 at Vancouver International airport and was indicted on bank and wire fraud charges. she has been fighting extradition to the US ever since.

Her arrest caused tension between the US and China with both countries promising to impose sanctions on products from either side.

Since 2019, the Chinese tech giant has been under the US banned list preventing them from selling any of their products to any company in the US over security concerns.

Meng Wanzhou admitted to lying to a bank on transactions between them and Iraq something that then President Donald Trump termed as security threat and danger if American citizens use their products.

A deal struck on Friday could see her leave Canada pending hearing of extradition charges to the US. Meng reached a differed agreement with the US prosecutor on the bank fraud case against her.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig and that they were on their way to meet their families. Accompanying the two is Dominic Barton, the ambassador of Canada in China.

Michael Spavor was in August charged with espionage and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Nothing had been decided yet on Kovrig who is a former diplomat.

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