Poland arrests Chinese employee of Huawei

Poland arrests Chinese employee of Huawei

The suspects are a former officer for the country's Internal Security Agency (ABW) and a Chinese national who is a sales director for the Polish branch of Chinese telecommunications multinational Huawei, according to TVP Info.

Poland's TVP Info reported that ABW agents searched both Orange and Huawei's offices on Tuesday, having received court approval last week.

Even without concrete evidence, many countries around the world are banning Huawei from working on their national 5G grid, with many more considering the same move.

One of them is Polish while the other one is Chinese.

The accusations add to Huawei's troubles of late as Western governments grow anxious that Huawei's systems could be used by Chinese intelligence.

The arrests mark escalating concerns among western governments about the Chinese company's activities.

Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters that said it was aware of the situation and looking into it.

The European Commission will seek information from Poland after national authorities arrested this week a Chinese Huawei employee and a Polish national over espionage allegations.

He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.

People passing by a vehicle park sign of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The man, who went by the Polish first name Stanislaw, also worked at the Chinese consulate in the past.

Both of them will remain in custody for the next three months and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Sources told The Wall Street Journal that the arrested Huawei employee is a sales director in Poland, identified as Weijing Wang.

The Canadian government a year ago launched a new security review of Huawei's 5G technology, which at least two major Canadian carriers have said they plan to test in small-scale pilots.

New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. have barred Huawei from involvement in their next-generation 5G mobile networks.

The Chinese foreign ministry said it was "greatly concerned" by the reports, and urged Poland to handle the case "justly".

The firm's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December over allegations of breaking of USA sanctions on Iran.

Huawei is also mired in a U.S. case alleging violations of trade sanctions. They also arrested a Polish employee of the local subsidiary of European communications giant Orange. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange or elsewhere.

Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company founder, as she transited through the country.

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

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