Huawei CFO granted US$7.5 million bail in Canada

Huawei welcomed the granted bail of Ms Meng and said it looked forward to a timely resolution of the matter.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou
Source: Huawei

Huawei’s chief financial officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou has been granted bail by a Canadian court on Tuesday, subject to a guarantee of C$10.0 million (US$7.5 million).

In a court hearing in Vancouver, Canada, Ms Meng was granted bail subject to the guarantee and other conditions. The bail agreement will require Ms Meng to be under surveillance 24 hours a day, surrender her passport, and wear a GPS tracking device.

Huawei welcomed the granted bail of Ms Meng. The company said it is looking forward to a timely resolution of the matter.

Ms Meng the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained by Canadian authorities while changing planes in Vancouver, Canada on December 1 in an investigation from the United States (US) on smartphone and telecommunications equipment maker Huawei.

According to Canadian prosecutors, Ms Meng is believed to have helped Huawei prevent US sanctions on Iran by telling financial institutions that its Huawei subsidiary was a separate company.

A US district court for the eastern district of New York had issued a warrant for Ms Meng’s arrest since August 22.

The Chinese government have been exacting pressure on the US and Canada over the arrest and have demanded for Ms Meng’s release.

China’s Foreign Ministry summoned US, Canadian ambassadors to China in a “strong protest” against the CFO’s arrest, calling the detention “lawless, reasonless and ruthless,” and “extremely vicious”. In the statement to Canadian Ambassador to China John McCallum, China had warned of “serious consequences” to Canada if it did not release Ms Meng.

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Mr Trump added that he has not spoken to China’s President Xi Jinping regarding the court case yet, but noted that the White House has spoken with Chinese officials and the Justice Department about the case.

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