Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Wang, Polish state police reported after searching his home and detaining him (which could last as long as three months with a conviction going as long as 10 years), is the sales director in Poland for Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

The Huawei logo is displayed at a store in Beijing on December 6, 2018.

Poland's Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers with espionage against Poland on behalf of China.

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, January 12.

Of the latest reported arrest of its staff, Huawei said in a statement to Reuters that it was "aware of the situation, and we are looking into it".

"In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei's labour contract, we have made this decision because the incident has brought Huawei into disrepute", it added.

The two individuals were arrested on Tuesday following a lengthy investigation, a spokesman for the security services told the BBC.

The arrests will no doubt be seen as an escalation in the tit-for-tat detention of employees between China and western countries like Canada and the USA since December 1, 2018.

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The detention came as part of an investigation into alleged violations of U.S. trade sanctions.

In response to the searches and arrests, Huawei stated that the company will investigate the allegations and that it expects every employee to comply with local law.

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese People's Liberation Army engineer.

A spokeswoman for Huawei confirmed to NBC News that one of its employees had been taken into custody.

The United States, which views China's growing strength in technology as a strategic threat, has lobbied allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks on security grounds.

Last month, the European Union condemned the detention of the Canadian nationals Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Various countries, including the Britain, France, Germany, Norway, have publicly raised concerns about using Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks.

In mid-August, Washington enacted legislation banning U.S. government agencies from using Huawei products amid concerns that the company's mobile phones "pose an unacceptable risk to the [Pentagon's] personnel, information and mission". Since the Canadian government detained Huawei CFO Meng Xingzhou in December past year, Huawei's Canadian branch has always been the focus of attention.

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