Huawei sacks employee in Poland arrested on spying charges

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The arrest is the latest in a line of incidents to rock the company, including the arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver and most recently and the departure of Huawei Canada's senior vice president of corporate affairs, Scott Bradley.

One of them is Polish while the other one is Chinese.

The arrest rekindled tensions between China and the West over cybersecurity concerns surrounding Huawei.

The pair was arrested by the country's Internal Security Agency on Tuesday and hit with espionage charges, according to a release from the agency.

Huawei, the biggest maker of telecom network equipment, faces accusations by the United States and some other governments that it might be a security risk.

Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region. He alleged both suspects "carried out espionage activities against Poland".

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Polish state TV reported both accused men had declared themselves innocent. Further indictments are expected, he said. If they are found guilty, they face up to 10 years in prison. It said he also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk.

China's embassy in Poland named him as Weijing Wang.

The Huawei employee is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public-sector clients in Poland, public television news channel TVPInfo said Friday.

Weijing Wang is a Polish language graduate of Beijing Foreign Studies University.

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the AWB, along with the offices of Orange Polska where the Polish national reportedly worked.

Its products have been subject to blocks and bans in some countries, including the US, Australia and New Zealand.

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According to the Polish state television, the Deputy Chinese Ambassador in Warsaw visited the Polish Foreign Ministry, calling for consular services to have access to the Chinese detainee.

The Chinese technology giant is facing increasing pressure across the European Union amid growing concerns that Beijing could use Huawei's gear for spying - something the company has always denied. Its parent company, France's Orange SA, will no longer work with the Chinese company in France, Chief Executive officer Stephane Richard said Tuesday.

The tech company has been a focal point of global scrutiny, with several countries raising security concerns about its products.

Trudeau did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to diplomatic immunity, but he reiterated that Canada was operating under the rule of law, saying that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request, but was out on bail and living in her Canadian home, and that all countries need to respect the rule of law.

China arrested two Canadian citizens nearly immediately after Meng's arrest-Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are accused of endangering China's national security.

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