The financial director of the Chinese company Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, flew home from Canada after being released from custody, Mackenzie Gray, a journalist of the Canadian broadcasting company CTV National News, wrote on Twitter:
“The Air China plane with Meng Wanzhou on board took off from Vancouver Airport,” he said.
Earlier, the Supreme Court of the Canadian province of British Columbia issued a warrant for the release of Meng from house arrest and stopped the proceedings in her case. The Canadian Ministry of Justice reported that the Huawei financial director is “free” to leave the country since “there are no grounds for continuing the extradition procedures.”
Meng has been released thanks to a deal with the U.S. prosecutor’s office. She admitted concealing the facts of violating sanctions against Iran in exchange for withdrawing the request for her extradition.
Meng Wanzhou, who is accused in the United States of fraud related to the violation of sanctions against Iran, was arrested in Canada in December 2018 at the request of the States and later sent under house arrest with a bail of 10 million Canadian dollars with the obligation to wear a GPS bracelet and pay for her security.
After the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a dispute broke out between Canada and China about whether this step was political. Two Canadian citizens were detained in China; the Canadian authorities suspected that this was done in retaliation for the arrest of the Huawei financial director.