Poland arrests Huawei employee on allegations of spying

  • Poland arrests Huawei employee on allegations of spying

Poland arrests Huawei employee on allegations of spying

Yesterday, we reported that two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland over allegations of espionage.

Poland's TVPInfo broke the news earlier today (via Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal) amid increasing tensions between the US and China.

Before moving into sales, Wang worked as a public relations director for the company.

According to media outlet TVP, the other was a Polish national who used to work at the country's internal security agency (Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego, ABW) and more recently Orange.

The Polish man was identified as Piotr D. And said to have been a former high-ranking intelligence officer until 2011 at the Internal Security Agency, Poland's domestic counterintelligence agency.

On Thursday, a Warsaw court agreed to prosecutors' requests to arrest the men for three months. If convicted, the men could face up to 10 years in prison.

Huawei said Wang's actions "have no relation to the company" and that he was sacked because "the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute".

Polish public TV channel TVP said security services searched the local offices of Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd as well as the Polish offices of telecoms firm Orange. Orange Polska's spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski declined to comment on Huawei cooperation while confirming that the Warsaw-based company handed over an employee's belongings to the Polish authorities on Tuesday.

Police searched both of the suspects' homes as they arrested the pair on Tuesday.

The Commission spokesperson did not want to respond on whether the European Union executive was concerned about the possibility of Polish or European Union nationals being arrested in China.

Its media-shy founder, Ren Zhengfei, is also a former engineer in China's army and joined the Communist Party in 1978. Huawei has repeatedly said it's unaware of any wrongdoing by Meng.

It's alleged that China may use the company as a proxy to spy on rival nations.

Norway came out against Huawei on Wednesday (9 December), as Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara disclosed that the country is considering excluding the Chinese firm from investing in the next generation of mobile communications (5G).

In what was widely seen as retaliation by Beijing, two Canadians - a former diplomat and a business consultant - were detained in China on the grounds of national security.

The UK has not enacted a ban, but British telecom provider BT has said it will not use Huawei equipment in its new 5G network in the UK.

The director of government company Safe City Malta (who is also head of the Malta Financial Services Authority) Joseph Cuschieri said discussions had to be held with the Data Protection Commissioner to explain plans for a Huawei-sponsored idea for a "safe city" linking up facial recognition CCTV cameras to identity databases.