Possible deal for arrested Huawei finance chief




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The US Department of Justice is discussing a possible with Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou, according to reports.

The would reportedly let Ms Meng return to China Canada, where she was arrested 2018.

She would be required to admit wrongdoing the case, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the possible .

Ms Meng faces US charges over alleged violations of on Iran.

The fraud charges are for allegedly misleading HSBC a way which might lead to it break US on Iran.

This week marks two years since Ms Meng was arrested on a US warrant while she was changing planes in Vancouver.

Since then, she has been fighting extradition to the US to face .

She is currently on bail and not allowed to leave Vancouver, where she has a home.

Negotiations between Ms Meng’s attorneys and the US Justice Department picked up after last month’s US presidential election.

Ms Meng does not think she did anything wrong and so is reportedly reluctant to make admissions that she does not think are true.

Politically motivated
Huawei and Meng are accused of conspiring to defraud HSBC and banks by misrepresenting the company’s relationship with Skycom, a suspected front company that operated in Iran.

US authorities allege Huawei used Skycom to obtain embargoed US goods, technology and services in Iran.

Ms Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, has long claimed she is innocent, arguing that her was politically motivated.

The administration has targeted Huawei, arguing that its equipment could be used by Beijing to spy, an allegation that the company has denied repeatedly.

The US put the Shenzhen-based telecommunications giant on its blacklist last year and has pressured countries to exclude Huawei their 5G networks.

The US now requires any company that sells US-made technology to Huawei to first obtain a licence.

Friction
The export restrictions have led to a shortage of vital components for Huawei, and prompted it to sell its youth-oriented Honor handset brand.

Ms Meng’s has created diplomatic friction between China and Canada too.

After her , China cut imports of Canadian canola seed and detained two Canadians on espionage charges, which are yet to be resolved.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the move, arguing that the two are being used as tools in a diplomatic struggle between the US and China.

BBC