During this week’s hearing, Ms. Meng’s defense team argued that her security guards undermined her ability to go outside with her children because the guards attracted too much media attention. Ms. Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong testified that posed a potential health risk to Ms. Meng since she had undergone surgery for thyroid cancer several years ago and suffers from hypertension.
But prosectors from Canada’s Department of Justice argued that allowing her to roam freely without guards posed too much of a flight risk. Mr. Maynard said that her ankle bracelet had failed “on many different times.”
Mr. Liu and their two children — a daughter, age 12, and a son, age 18 — were given permission to come to Canada in the fall. He and the two children plan to return to Hong Kong at the end of February, he said.
Mr. Liu acknowledged in court that he and their two children had contact with Ms. Meng during the two weeks after they arrived in Canada from Hong Kong, despite rules requiring a 14-day quarantine.
Prosecutors noted that in May, when a court decision could have resulted in her being freed, a plane had been chartered to potentially take her back to China if the judge ruled in her favor. In the end, the judge ruled against her.
Mr. Liu said Ms. Meng would obey her bail conditions, and wanted to be a “good mom and a good example to the kids.”
Tracy Sherlock contributed reporting from Vancouver.