Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s husband and children have received an exemption from Immigration Canada to visit her at the Vancouver residence where she is assigned.
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This was confirmed by Syrine Khoury, press secretary in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“Ms. Meng’s family has been authorized to travel by officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada,” she said in a written statement.
According to the CTV network, the husband of Huwaei’s executive, Liu Xiazong, landed in Canada last October. Their two children arrived in December. All three are still in the country.
Ms. Meng’s family members therefore took advantage of one of the few exemptions provided for the closure of Canadian borders.
Most of the exceptions relate to relatives of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Ms. Meng does not have citizenship or permanent residence.
Another exemption, however, concerns the immediate family of people living temporarily in Canada, such as Ms. Meng. Relatives must obtain authorization from the Immigration Department.
Ms Meng has been under house arrest in Vancouver since being arrested in 2018 for being the subject of an extradition request to the United States, where she is accused of fraud.
Days after Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Vancouver, China arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, on suspicion of espionage. More than two years later, they are still being held in prison by Beijing without parole, unlike Ms. Wanzhou, and have very limited consular access.