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Huawei executive released on bail after being detained in China


Li Dongsheng, a senior Huawei executive arrested by Canadian authorities on March 24, returned to Beijing on Wednesday evening, following the release of two Canadian citizens, Sarah Beckett and Michael Kovrig, who had been detained in China as a result of the arrest.

Ms. Beckett, a University of Waterloo, Ontario, professor, was released shortly after the arrest. Ms. Beckett and two Chinese Huawei officials are married.

Mr. Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat now with the International Crisis Group, was released on Wednesday night.

“We are very grateful that Li Dongsheng has come back home to join his family,” Ms. Beckett said in a statement. “Thank you to the Chinese and Canadian embassies for your efforts to secure his release, which we greatly appreciate.”

Ms. Beckett has said she fears she might be detained again.

A spokesperson for Huawei said the company is deeply disappointed by what it called “this incomprehensible and unjustifiable” move.

Mr. Kovrig and Ms. Beckett were arrested in Vancouver on suspicion of endangering state security. It is possible that Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, who was detained in Canada, may be extradited to the United States on the charges. Ms. Meng faces federal fraud charges related to an alleged scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, in violation of U.S. trade restrictions.

Mr. Kovrig and Ms. Beckett did not have security clearances, according to CBC.

Canada has released the Meng Wanzhou bail conditions. Hope for a speedy extradition of the accused. @Global_CP — Ken Stone (@kenstonesingh) May 4, 2017

Reuters reported that officials in Ottawa said Ms. Meng would be allowed to leave the country if a bail agreement could be reached.

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