But the case isn’t over yet. Meng now awaits the decision of Canadian Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes as to whether she should be extradited to stand trial in the United States, where she and Huawei have been charged for alleged bank fraud and evasion of economic sanctions against Iran. The ruling is expected to take months.
Holmes set October 21 as the date for the next court appearance in the case, at which point she is expected to announce the date of her ruling.
If the judge rules in Meng’s favor, the extradition proceedings will be over and Meng could be released; although the Crown, which is arguing on behalf of the extradition, could decide to appeal. If Holmes rules against Meng, the decision will move to Canada’s justice minister for final approval.
“From the start, Huawei has been confident in Ms. Meng’s innocence and has trusted the Canadian judicial system,” Huawei Canada said in a statement Wednesday. “Accordingly, Huawei has been supporting Ms. Meng’s pursuit of justice and freedom. We continue to do so today.”