Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Poland arrests Chinese Huawei exec, Pole on spying charges

'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

The employee, identified as Weijing W., was arrested along with a Polish man, Piotr D., reported to be a former employee of Poland's security services who is now working for mobile provider Orange Polska.

In addition to this, Huawei have come under fire from authorities in Norway, Germany, the U.S., the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with several countries outright banning the use of their devices or equipment used in 5G mobile networks.

A Chinese businessman and a Pole have been arrested by Poland's Internal Security Agency on suspicion of espionage, an official said Friday.

Orange, a leading telecommunications company in Poland, says it's cooperating with the Polish security services who say a Polish employee at the company and a Chinese manager for tech giant Huawei have been accused of spying on Poland for China.

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).

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He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland", but did not identify them. They have been charged with espionage under the Polish Criminal Code.

"We will be in touch with Polish authorities for further information", said spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.

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. He also said no further details would be released now about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing. They reportedly proclaimed their innocence. If found guilty, the two face up to 10 years in prison.

A Chinese Huawei "director" and a Polish cyber business specialist have been arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying for China, it has emerged. The homes of the men were also searched. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

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Now the Polish counterintelligence agency believes it has hard evidence of Huawei's employees' wrongdoings. "We have no comment for the time being".

"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", the statement pointed out.

The Chinese foreign ministry told AFP it was "highly concerned" by the arrest of its citizen.

This is the second incident after Huawei's CFO got arrested in Canada. US prosecutors have accused her of misleading banks about transactions linked to Iran, putting the banks at risk of violating USA sanctions. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

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