Poland arrests employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei for spying for gov't


Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a Chinese employee who was arrested in Poland over espionage allegations, saying he had harmed the company's global reputation, a state-run newspaper said Saturday.

The Chinese national arrested is Weijing W., who according to Polish authorities also used the names Stanisław, Staszek, and was Huawei's sales director in Poland.

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.

Huawei is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use the company's equipment for spying, something executives have denied.

Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now.

Mr Wang did not immediately respond to a request for comment via the social media site.

Polish public broadcaster TVP said the Polish suspect, identified only as Piotr D, was a former high-ranking officer in the Internal Security Agency.

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. "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.

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Huawei's USA market dried up after a congressional panel said in 2012 the company and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. were potential security risks and told phone companies to avoid using their technology.

The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "highly concerned" about the arrest.

While one was identified as the Huawei employee, the other was described as a Polish citizen and former security official. That comes more than a month after Canada arrested chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States while she changed planes in Vancouver on December 1.

Ambassador Lu Shaye said on Wednesday that Canada's demand for the release of the two detained Canadians reflects "double standards" born of "western egotism and white supremacy".

Authorities also arrested a former Polish government official on similar charges.

Countries like the United States, Australia and Japan have blocked Huawei from building their next-generation, super-fast 5G internet networks.

The offices of both companies were also searched, with security agents seizing documents and electronic data. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange or his previous jobs.

Poland's neighbour Germany has said it is considering restricting Huawei's role in its future telecom infrastructure.