The executive, who is the daughter of Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei, reached an agreement on Friday with the US Department of Justice, which withdrew the extradition request against her, although prosecution against the technological company will continue.
‘By accepting the judicial deferral agreement, Ms. Meng assumes her responsibility in a scheme to defraud a global financial institution,’ Prosecutor Nicole Boeckmann said, in reference to allegations that she misled HSBC and put it at risk of violating Washington’s sanctions against Iran.
However, the defense attorney said that she did not plead guilty, and Huawei noted on Saturday that it will fight to prove her innocence.
Before returning home, Meng thanked both China and Canada for their efforts to end a case, with repercussions on diplomatic relations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian welcomed her on social networks and the news has been widely covered by local media.