Poland arrests Huawei employee on suspicion of spying

Polish security services have charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and a Polish former intelligence officer with espionage against the country on behest of China

Polish security services have charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and a Polish former intelligence officer with espionage against the country on behest of China

Polish security services have charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and a Polish former intelligence officer with espionage against the country on behest of China.

The Chinese technology giant is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use Huawei's gear for spying - something the company has always denied.

Last spring, Huawei surpassed Samsung to become Poland's top smartphone supplier with more than a third of the market, as China.org reported.

Huawei, which makes telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics, said in a statement that it was "aware of the situation, and we are looking into it".

Now the Polish counterintelligence agency believes it has hard evidence of Huawei's employees' wrongdoings.

Poland's cyber-security chief, Karol Okonski, told RMF Radio that ideally the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would be "as consistent as possible" on Huawei.

The Chinese suspect was named by TVP Info only as "Weijing W".

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A conviction could come with a 10-year prison sentence.

According to local media, the Chinese businessman is believed to be a director of the Polish branch of Huawei. The company has been blocked in the USA since 2012 over fears that its equipment is a security risk, and past year Australia, New Zealand and Japan instituted their own bans against using Huawei.

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the ABW, along with the offices of mobile provider Orange Polska where Piotr D reportedly worked. "We have no comment for the time being".

Another Huawei executive has been arrested, this time in Poland on espionage charges, following the high-profile arrest of the company's chief financial officer on bank fraud charges in Canada last month. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same. She was arrested on suspicion of hiding her company's ties to Skycom, a small telecoms subsidiary that conducted business dealings in Iran in violation of U.S. trade sanctions.

An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw said China attaches "great importance to the detention" of the Chinese citizen in Poland and that Chinese envoys had met with Polish Foreign Ministry officials to urge them to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible". The company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was detained in Canada in December and faces charges that she violated USA trade sanctions. Orange spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski said the company handed over an employee's belongings to the authorities. Until then, she's under strict bail conditions, which include electric monitoring and an around-the-clock security detail.

Huawei has been blocked in the USA since 2012 after the House Intelligence Committee report found that using the company's technology could pose a security risk.

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