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Poland arrests Chinese Huawei exec, Pole on spying charges

On Friday, Poland arrested a Chinese Huawei employee on spying allegations, but a spokesman for Polish security services said the allegations relate to the individual's actions and are not directly related to the company.

Orange, a leading telecommunications company in Poland, says it's cooperating with the Polish security services who say a Polish employee at the company and a Chinese manager for tech giant Huawei have been accused of spying on Poland for China.

"Polish authorities detained and charged a local sales director of Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese national, with conducting high-level espionage on behalf of China", The Wall Street Journal wrote today.

After both suspects were reportedly detained by the ABW earlier this week, the Warsaw District Court ruled on Thursday that the two should remain behind bars for three months.

A Huawei representative said the company was looking into the matter and declined to comment further. "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", it added.

There has been no public evidence that Huawei's equipment has been used for spying and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims, but several western countries have restricted Huawei's access to their markets and have pressured Canada to do the same.

Last month, a senior European Union official warned that the bloc should be "worried" about Huawei and other Chinese firms.

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

"Both men carried out espionage activities against Poland".

The arrest is the latest in a line of incidents to rock the company, including the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver and most recently and the departure of Huawei Canada's senior vice president of corporate affairs, Scott Bradley.

Wang is a graduate of the Beijing University of Foreign Studies who formerly worked in China's consulate in Gdansk, according to his LinkedIn page.

The arrested employee is the Chinese citizen Weijing W., who is said to have worked for the Chinese secret service.

The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for a response to the reports.

This is the latest in a long line of legal woes and global security concerns surrounding the Chinese-owned communications company, even as Prime Minister Joseph Muscat insists on pushing forward with a deal with the company for Malta. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.



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