Meng would have to admit some of the charges against her, but prosecutors would agree to possibly postpone the charges and later drop them if they cooperate
The U. . S.. . The Justice Department is discussing a deal with Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, that would allow her to return to China from Canada to admit wrongdoing, said a person familiar with the matter.
Meng attorneys have spoken with Justice Department officials over the past few weeks about the possibility of reaching a « deferred law enforcement arrangement ». The source confirmed an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal.
Under such an arrangement, Meng would have to admit some of the allegations made against her, but prosecutors would agree to possibly postpone the charges and later drop them if they cooperate.
Meng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 on an arrest warrant from the United States. She is charged with bank fraud for telling HSBC Holdings Plc over Huawei Technologies Co. . GmbH. The dealings in Iran resulted in Bank U breaking. S.. . Sanctions.
Nine days after their arrest, China arrested Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in retaliation. You’ve been in jail ever since.
Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi declined to comment. Huawei did not immediately respond to Reutersâ ???? Please comment.
Her attorneys are collecting information to support their allegations that Canadian officials wrongly gathered evidence against them when they were arrested at Vancouver Airport in 2018.
Meng’s defense alleges that an early plan to arrest her aboard the plane has been modified to allow for an « undercover criminal investigation ». under the guise of a routine immigration check at the behest of U. . S.. . Authorities.
Ultimately, Meng would be examined by border officials for almost three hours before being informed of her arrest and right to counseling.
Border officials working at the airport that day testified that they had their own concerns about Meng’s legality for Canada and denied the allegations made by their attorneys.
Sgt. Ross Lundie told the court that he always discourages his officers from making arrests on board flights unless there are immediate public safety concerns.
Meng himself did not pose a risk to his knowledge, he said, but planes are tight spaces and there can be hazards. It is safer to make an arrest at the gate, border control area, or elsewhere, he said.
Lundie testified that the arrest officers called him the night before the arrest when they drove to the airport to confirm that Meng would be on the flight in Vancouver. Then he found out about the plan to get on the plane, he said.
Meng’s attorney Richard Peck suggested it couldn’t be. Telephone records show that the arrest officers ???? Chief, Sgt. Janice Vander Graaf called her later that night after speaking to her own manager, who the court heard was the source of the plane arrest plan.
If Vander Graaf’s records are correct, Lundie could not have learned the arrest plan when he said he did it earlier that evening, Peck suggested.
The court also heard that phone records indicated that Lundie had a three-minute call that night to a National Security Mountie in Ottawa who was aware of the case. Lundie said he had no memory of the call.
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