Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Chinese Huawei employee arrested on spying charge in Poland

Chinese Huawei employee arrested on spying charge in Poland

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish cyber business specialist on allegations of spying, state news agency PAP said on Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.

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.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special services.

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.

TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that. If convicted, the pair could face up to 10 years imprisonment.

Some European countries have followed the US and began looking into whether using Huawei's technology could expose the country to China. It said the man also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk.

USA officials are claiming Huawei is working with the Chinese government, allowing its equipment to be used by the government for spying on Western adversaries.

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Huawei, in turn, said in a statement that it is "aware of the situation" and that it has "no comment for the time being".

"We have no comment for the time being".

Nonetheless, intelligence bods recommended banning the use of the kit, and official blocks are in place for state-funded projects in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "greatly concerned" and that it expects Poland to "justly" manage the case.

In December, the chief financial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the US. The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

Huawei has been blocked in the US since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

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