Poland arrests Huawei employee on spying charges

Poland arrests Huawei employee on spying charges

Poland arrests Huawei employee on spying charges

Polish state TV, which is close to the government, identified the Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei, the Chinese conglomerate that produces telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics. Huawei is facing increased spying accusations from the USA and its allies.

Polish state TV reported that the Chinese man is a director at Huawei in Poland and that the Pole has worked at the Internal Security Agency, the agency that investigates spying and terrorism. Both are accused of espionage.

The Chinese government retaliated against the arrest by detaining Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, about a month ago, claiming he's a national security risk.

According to local media, the Chinese businessman is believed to be one of the directors of the Polish branch of Huawei.

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Orange said in a statement that the Polish security services had gathered material related to an employee, but it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work. The homes of the men were also searched.

It's the latest high-profile criminal case for Huawei, coming after Canada's arrest of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the telecom equipment company's founder.

TVP said the security services also searched the offices of Poland's telecoms regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications, but the regulator denied this.

Huawei told the BBC it had no immediate comment.

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If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison.

That allegation has not been proven publicly and the company denies any link to China's government.

"We have no comment for the time being. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based", the statement said.

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