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Trudeau tight lipped about reports of Meng Wanzhou plea deal

Last Updated Dec 4, 2020 at 10:06 am PDT

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, arrives at B.C. Supreme Court to attend a hearing, in Vancouver, on Friday, November 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

The prime minister is not commenting on reports of a possible plea deal between the U.S. and Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

Reports have suggested the U.S. Department of Justice has been in talks with Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers in recent weeks

Justin Trudeau stresses getting Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor, who are detained in China, out safely is top priority

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Neither the U.S. nor Canada is willing to comment on reports that there’s some sort of plea deal in the works for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.

The Chinese tech executive has been out on bail in Vancouver for the last two years, after she was arrested at Vancouver International Airport at the request of the U.S. on fraud charges.

“I’m not going to comment on those reports. Canadians know well that our top priority is the safe return of the two Michaels,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday morning when asked about a potential deal.

Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in China a few days after Meng. They have been in jail since, facing espionage charges.

Trudeau was also asked if his government was looking into a new approach in their attempts to free the two Micheals or if he had spoken to President Elect Joe Biden about the situation.

“For almost two years we’ve been working extremely hard to bring home these two Michaels, it is an absolute priority for the government,” Trudeau replied.

“I won’t be commenting on any of the recent reports.”

The U.S. Department of Justice was also tight lipped when asked about the report.

Both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal report the U.S. DoJ has been in talks with Meng’s lawyers in recent weeks. Neither outlet is identifying who their sources are, but they say the people interviewed for their stories are familiar with the case.

Meng is wanted in the U.S. for bank fraud that is alleged to have occurred while Huawei conducted business with Iran, in contravention of U.S. sanctions.