granted bail by a Canadian judge on Tuesday, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou posted on WeChat to express her support for her company and country.fter being
“I am in Vancouver with my family. I am proud of Huawei and proud of my motherland. Thanks to everyone who has been concerned about me,” reads the post reportedly made by the 46-year-old chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant who now faces the possibility of extradition to the United States.
Meng, who is also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on December 1st at the Vancouver airport at the behest of the US where she faces charges of fraud related to Huawei allegedly violating sanctions against Iran.
Following three days of courtroom drama, Meng was freed on $10 million CAD bail on Tuesday. She will have to remain in British Columbia, surrender her passports, wear an ankle bracelet, and stay indoors between 11 pm and 6 am each night. Meng has two homes in Vancouver worth a combined $21.9 million CAD.
Meng is scheduled to return to court on February 6th, 2019 in order to fix a further date for her proceedings.
Her arrest has infuriated Beijing and ignited protests among her compatriots. Outside of the Vancouver courthouse this week, Meng’s supporters held up signs reading “We love you, Huawei” and “Free Ms. Meng.”
“The judges here are lawless. Lawless!” one elderly man was quoted as saying while lining up outside the court. “We are here to support her human rights.”
Meanwhile, China’s foreign ministry has warned of “serious consequences” if Meng is not quickly released. On Tuesday evening, news broke that a former Canadian diplomat named Michael Kovrighad been detained in China. It’s not yet clear if the two arrests are related, however, the Canadian and American business community have been on edge of possible reprisals since Meng’s arrest.