New court revelations detailed Huawei CFO and Chinese heiress Meng Wanzhou’s luxurious life under bail as she awaits the results of a years-long extradition trial.
While Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been holed up in Chinese prisons, Meng has been dining out with friends, having family visits and attending private shopping sessions at Vancouver’s high-end boutiques.
The conditions of Meng’s $10 million bail agreement requires her to wear a GPS tracker and pay for court-ordered surveillance. Meng is also subject to a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Meng recently asked for the court to even further loosen her bail conditions to allow her to move around freely outside of curfew without the presence of her bodyguards.
Court records also show that Huawei had chartered a plane to take her back to China before a much-anticipated double criminality court decision last spring.
The detail was revealed during a cross-examination of Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong. Liu and their children have been allowed to visit Meng while she stands trial.
In December, Chinese ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu complained about the alleged unfair treatment of Meng while under house arrest in her multi-million dollar Vancouver mansion.
According to Cong, Meng’s arrest was not comparable to the arrest of the two Michaels because she is innocent.
Meanwhile, both Spavor and Kovrig have been subject to the grueling conditions of China’s incarceration system.
During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the pair were even denied access to consular visits.