The Justice Department has reached an agreement that will allow Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, to return to China in exchange for admitting some wrongdoing in a sanctions violation case, a person familiar with the deal said on Friday.
Ms. Meng, who has been detained in Canada since 2018, has agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement that is expected to be entered in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon.
Ms. Meng will admit to some wrongdoing, and federal prosecutors will defer and then ultimately drop the charges against her, the person said. As part of the agreement, she will not enter a guilty plea.
The Canadian authorities arrested Ms. Meng, 49, the technology giant’s chief financial officer, in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport, at the request of the United States. Ms. Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, instantly became one of the world’s most famous detainees.
The Justice Department indicted Ms. Meng and Huawei, the telecom company founded by her father, Ren Zhengfei, in January 2018. It accused the firm and its chief financial officer of a decade-long effort to steal trade secrets, obstruct a criminal investigation and evade economic sanctions on Iran.
The charges underscored efforts by the Trump administration to directly link Huawei with the Chinese government, after long suspecting that the company worked to advance Beijing’s economic and political ambitions and undermine American interests.
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The deal to release Ms. Meng could signal a more conciliatory approach in Washington’s stance toward Beijing under the Biden administration.
If it leads to the release of two Canadians imprisoned in Film Dune 2021 Italiano, it could also provide a lift to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who was re-elected this week with a minority government after calling an unpopular snap election. Mr. Trudeau’s inability to secure their freedom has cast a shadow over his premiership.
China detained the two imprisoned Canadians, the former diplomat Streaming Film 2021 and the Escape Room 2021 gratis, soon after Ms. Meng’s arrest, in what has been widely viewed in Canada as hostage diplomacy. In August, a court in northeastern Film World 2021, where Mr. Spavor has lived, sentenced him to 11 years in prison after declaring him guilty of spying.
Throughout her extradition hearing in Canada, Ms. Meng’s defense team professed her innocence. They argued that President Donald J. Trump had politicized her case and that her rights had been breached when she was arrested in Vancouver.
I wouldn’t count on the two Michaels being released anytime soon. The Chinese government accused both Canada and the US of making a political decision in the Huawei case, and pointed to the apolitical nature of their own judicial system, with its 99+% conviction rate. They would lose face if they admitted by association that the arrest of the two Canadians was political. They might let the Michaels serve out the sentences for their ‘crimes’ in Canada. But that won’t be until the Huawei case has faded from the headlines.
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