Polish Police Arrest Huawei Executive, Accused Of Spying For China

Pauline Gross
January 11, 2019

He worked at Orange, a company that worked with Huawei to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks in Poland, the BBC reported.

Polish authorities have arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish man, who reportedly worked for Orange Polska, on charges of spying for Beijing, according to local media.

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

State TV identified the Pole as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency until 2011, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security.

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested in Canada last month at the request of the USA government.

No evidence has publically been produced over Huawei using such equipment.

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Spying, and working in concert with the Chinese government, are the two chief allegations several Western nations are leveling against Huawei, which recently overtook Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters that said it was aware of the situation and looking into it. "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. Approved in 2017, the law states that Chinese "organizations and citizens shall, in accordance with the law, support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work".

Wasik said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and that the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyber-business affairs".

New Zealand, Australia and the USA have barred Huawei from involvement in their next-generation 5G mobile networks.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, quoting a spokesperson for Polish security services.

Two individuals were arrested, the second being a Polish national.

Other reports by GizPress

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