Huawei employee arrested in Poland over spying charges

14 January, 2019, 06:14 | Author: Donnie King
  • 'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

Poland has arrested a Huawei Technologies Co. employee and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China, public television news channel TVPInfo said Friday.

Poland said today it had arrested a Chinese telecoms executive suspected of spying for China, with local media identifying him as a Huawei director. United States officials are claiming Huawei is working with the Chinese government, allowing its equipment to be used by the government for spying on Western adversaries.

Polish authorities said Friday they have arrested Wang, a Chinese citizen and former diplomat, along with a Polish cybersecurity expert who had held several top government cybersecurity jobs and also worked at the telecom company Orange. The suspect is being threatened with up to 10 years in prison.

"Huawei has always abided by applicable laws and regulations of the country where it is located... and requires all employees to abide by the country's laws and regulations", it said.

Huawei said in a terse statement that it was "aware of the situation" and "looking into it" and had no further comment for now.

Citing China's foreign ministry of affairs, state broadcaster CCTV said Beijing is "closely following" the detention of Wang Weijing and has asked to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible". Her arrest highlighted US accusations that Huawei broke sanctions against Iran, but the USA has also been pushing to try to curtail Huawei's influence, warning about the company's possible ties to Chinese intelligence and calling on countries to exclude the company as they build new 5G networks.




And in December, Huawei's CFO was arrested by Canadian police, amid allegations she broke sanctions on selling equipment to Iran - something the firm again denied. Security services searched their homes and the offices of Huawei and Orange Polska, the Polish business of French mobile operator Orange SA.

Polish authorities detained Wang Weijing and a former Polish security official over the allegations, which could intensify Western security concerns about Huawei and its relations with the Chinese government.

People passing by a auto park sign of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Huawei had ambitious plans in Europe to roll out next-generation "5G" mobile networks. Since the Canadian government detained Huawei CFO Meng Xingzhou in December a year ago, Huawei's Canadian branch has always been the focus of attention.

The two Huawei arrests follows Huawei being blocked from involvement in the 5G rollouts in a string of western nations, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, while intelligence services in Britain and Canada have also announced reviews into Huawei.

Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

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