Date
17 January 2019
An artist's sketch of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou attending her B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing in Vancouver on Monday. Photo: Reuters
An artist's sketch of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou attending her B.C. Supreme Court bail hearing in Vancouver on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Canadian court grants bail to Huawei executive

A Canadian court has granted bail to a top executive of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. while she awaits a hearing for extradition to the United States, Reuters reports.

Meng Wanzhou, 46, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, faces US accusations that she misled multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating US sanctions. 

In a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia on Tuesday, Justice William Ehrcke granted bail to Meng, subject to a guarantee of C$10 million (US$7.5 million) and other conditions. 

Meanwhile, a former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China, and his current employer, the International Crisis Group, said it was seeking his prompt and safe release. 

Michael Kovrig’s detention comes after the Huawei executive’s arrest on Dec. 1. 

It was not immediately clear if the cases were related, but Meng’s arrest has stoked fears of reprisals against the foreign business community in China. 

China had threatened severe consequences unless Canada released Meng immediately. 

Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s former ambassador to China, asked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp whether the Kovrig detention was a coincidence, said: “In China there are no coincidences … If they want to send you a message they will send you a message.” 

The US State Department expressed concern over the Canadian’s arrest. 

“The United States is concerned by these reports that a Canadian citizen has been detained in China. We’ve urged China to end all forms of arbitrary detention and to respect the protections and freedoms of all individuals under China’s international human rights and consular commitments,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters. 

Kovrig, a Mandarin speaker, has been working as a full-time expert for the International Crisis Group since February 2017.

From 2003 to 2016, he worked as a diplomat with stints in Beijing and Hong Kong, among others, according to his profile on LinkedIn.  

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