Huawei executive Meng expected to reach agreement with US on charges against her: reports – .

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Huawei executive Meng expected to reach agreement with US on charges against her: reports – .


OTTAWA – Lawyers for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou will appear today in New York City court where, according to several reports, U.S. charges against her could be resolved following negotiations with U.S. officials.

It is possible that Meng will plead guilty to fraud charges today and be fined, according to reports.

According to the US District Court filing for the Eastern District of New York for Friday, the “USA v Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.” case is scheduled to go to trial at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

A second court appearance in British Columbia is possible, pending the outcome in New York. If an agreement is reached with the Americans, the extradition proceedings against Meng could be suspended, which would likely result in the release of Chinese telecommunications giant CFO from house arrest in Vancouver.

Meng has been under house arrest in Canada since she was first arrested at Vancouver International Airport in December 2018 under a US warrant related to the company’s trade relations in Iran. Responding to US demand has exacerbated diplomatic tensions between Canada and China.

Huawei Canada and the office of Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti declined to comment at this time.

CTV News spoke with a source who said Meng’s deferred prosecution negotiations with the US Department of Justice had been underway for months and did not include any deal related to the ongoing detention of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China.

Kovrig and Spavor were detained just days after Meng’s arrest and have now been held in China for 1,019 days on charges that have been widely viewed as retaliation for Meng’s arrest by Canada. It is not clear whether today’s developments would impact their cases.

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