BEIJING, Sep 25, (Asia Free Press): Chinese people on Saturday warmly welcomed the Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzhou arrived at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, state-run media reported.
Meng was arbitrarily detained for more than 1,000 days in Canada.
People at the airport were holding welcome home banners cheering Meng’s return, hailing her as a national hero, Global Times reported.
On Friday, Meng was released in Canada where she was detained for over 1,000 days.
In a statement, the Chinese foreign ministry said she will soon reunite with her family.
After the Chinese government’s unremitting efforts, Meng left Canada on Friday and arrived in her country’s through a charter flight organized by the Chinese government.
Hua Chunying, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the her country’s position on Meng’s case has been consistent and clear.
“Facts have proven that it is a political persecution case targeting a Chinese national with the aim of suppressing Chinese high-tech companies,” state-run media quoted Hua as saying.
The so-called fraud charges against Meng are nothing but pure fabrication, she said. Even the HSBC — the “victim” named by the U.S. side — has released files proving Meng’s innocence.
What the United States and Canada have done is a typical case of arbitrary detention, Hua added.
Earlier Friday the US justice department withdraw its request to Canada for Meng’s extradition after Meng Wanzhou reached on agreement with US.
The US Department of Justice will dismiss the indictment against Meng as well as the underlying charging instruments against her as long as Meng remains in full compliance with her obligations under the agreement for the deferred period, Xinhua reported.
“Under the terms of this agreement, Ms. Meng will not be prosecuted further in the United States and the extradition proceedings in Canada will be terminated,” the agency quoted William W. Taylor, III, counsel to Meng and partner with law firm Zuckerman Spaeder as saying.
“She has not pleaded guilty and we fully expect the indictment will be dismissed with prejudice after fourteen months,” the lawyer stressed.
“This Deferred Prosecution Agreement will lead to the end of the ongoing extradition proceedings in Canada, which otherwise could have continued for many months, if not years,” stated Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the U.S. Justice Department’s National Security Division.
Hours after the announcement of the agreement, Meng boarded a flight to the city of Shenzhen, returned to China for the first time since her arrest at Vancouver’s international airport at the behest of U.S. authorities on Dec. 1, 2018