US to discuss deal with Meng Wanzhou

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The US Department of Justice is discussing a deal with Meng Wanzhou that would allow the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei to return to China in exchange for a confession, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Negotiations between lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, who has been in Canada since his arrest at Vancouver Airport in December 2018, and the US Department of Justice resumed after the November 3 presidential election in the United States, a indicated this source.

We do not immediately know the contours that a possible agreement could take.

According to Wall Street Journal, who first reported the information, Meng Wanzhou's attorneys and representatives from the Justice Department discussed the possibility of concluding a suspended prosecution agreement.

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Under such an agreement, Meng Wanzhou would be forced to admit part of the charges against her, and prosecutors would then agree to postpone and then drop the charges, if she cooperates with them.

The source said, however, that Meng Wanzhou, who believes he has committed no wrongdoing, is reluctant to admit facts that she considers to be wrong. She is accused of violating US sanctions against Iran.

The deal does not appear to be part of wider exchanges with Huawei, the source added.

A spokesperson for the US Department of Justice declined a request for comment.

No reaction could be obtained immediately from Huawei or from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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