Last week, Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou was arrested while connecting flights in Canada at the request of the US Law enforcement alleging that she helped Huawei circumvent US sanctions on Iran by lying to banks to help clear transactions that otherwise violated US sanctions on Iran.
Today, Meng was released from custody on $7.5 million bail following three days of court hearings, according to CNN. She agreed to surrender her passports and pay for a personal security guard for her home in Vancouver. She also agreed to wear a GPS tracking bracelet with a curfew that she should remain in her home between 11PM and 6AM every day.
Meng’s lawyer said she has no intention of fleeing as she’s owned a home in Vancouver for 15 years and doing so would humiliate her family, herself, Huawei, and the Chinese government. The terms of her release include 2.2 million USD in home equity and cash as collateral in case she did flee.
President Trump also suggested he might “intervene” with the case should it help leverage a trade deal with China “if its good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made”.
This only adds to the tension between the US and China, not long after other countries began banning Huawei telecom equipment from carrier use from security concerns, further angering Chinese and Huawei officials. During a time with high tensions between US and Chinese governments, the arrest and ongoing legal battle will only make things shakier between the two powers.