Huawei CFO released on bail

Illustration of the Vancouver court hearing that it is reviewing the extradition request from Meng Wanzhou

Illustration of the Vancouver court hearing that it is reviewing the extradition request from Meng Wanzhou, to the left of green

  |  Jane Wolsak-Reuters

A Canadian judge ordered. this Tuesday, 11th of December, the release, on bail, of the financial director of China's telecommunications group Huawei, hours after confirmation of the arrest of a former Canadian diplomat in China, where authorities threaten Canada with reprisals.

According to France-Presse, after three days of hearings in Vancouver court, and amid a diplomatic crisis between Beijing, Ottawa and Washington, the Canadian judge decided to release Meng Wanzhou, who had been detained in Canada in early December at the request of the United States.

The businesswoman was released a few hours later, under heavy security measures.

Aged 46, Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of Huawei's founder and the mother of four children. She will now have to pay a $10 million bail (about €6.5 million), surrender both her passports, live in one of the two properties she owns in Vancouver, and wear a GPS ankle bracelet.

Wanzhou will also pay for an around-the-clock security detail, and will not be able to leave home between 11 pm and 6 am.

"The risk of [Meng Wanzhou's] non-attendance in court can be reduced to an acceptable level [during the extradition process] by imposing the bail conditions proposed by her counsel," the judge said, prompting her supporters to erupt in cheers.

The first extradition hearing was scheduled for February 6. However, the United States of America is required to submit the full documentation relating to the extradition request to the Canadian court.

The Huawei group has already welcomed the release of its chief financial officer.

Meng Wanzhou is suspected by the US court of having lied to several banks about a Huawei subsidiary in order to gain access to the Iranian market between 2009 and 2014, in violation of US sanctions.

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