© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Applied sciences Chief Monetary Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves courtroom and the conclusion of a listening to in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada September 24, 2021. REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier
By Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. choose on Friday dismissed an indictment towards Meng Wanzhou, the chief monetary officer of Huawei Applied sciences Co, formally ending a felony sanctions case that strained U.S.-China relations.
Meng, whose father Ren Zhengfei based Huawei and is the telecommunications firm’s chief govt, entered an settlement with U.S. prosecutors final yr for the case to be dismissed 4 years after her December 2018 arrest.
Prosecutors accused Meng of financial institution fraud and different crimes for deceptive HSBC Holdings Plc (LON:) and different banks about Huawei’s relationship with an organization that operated in Iran.
They mentioned Meng’s actions put banks susceptible to penalties for processing transactions that violated U.S. sanctions.
Huawei has pleaded not responsible to associated U.S. felony prices.
U.S. District Decide Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn dismissed Meng’s indictment with prejudice, that means it can’t be introduced once more.
A lawyer for Meng and a spokeswoman for Huawei didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Meng spent almost three years beneath home arrest in Canada following her arrest at a Vancouver airport.
She entered a deferred prosecution settlement with U.S. prosecutors in Sept. 2021 wherein she acknowledged having made false statements about Huawei’s Iran enterprise.
On the day Donnelly accepted that settlement, Meng flew dwelling to Shenzhen.
Shortly afterward, China launched two Canadians it had been holding, and two American siblings who had been prevented from leaving the nation had been allowed to fly dwelling.
Meng, 50, now serves as Huawei’s rotating chairwoman and deputy chairwoman, in addition to CFO.
America nonetheless views Huawei as a nationwide safety menace.
On Nov. 25, the Biden administration banned approvals of recent telecommunications gear from Huawei and China’s ZTE Corp (HK:) as a result of they posed an “unacceptable danger” to nationwide safety.