Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Polish Police Arrest Huawei Executive, Accused Of Spying For China

Polish Police Arrest Huawei Executive, Accused Of Spying For China

Poland's security services say a Chinese businessman and a Polish man, both employed in telecoms, have been arrested for spying.

Huawei told the BBC it had no immediate comment.

NPR reported that the Polish government believes the two had "cooperated with the Chinese services" while spying in Poland.

Orange Polska worked with Huawei a year ago on introducing the latest fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network in the country of 38 million.

The West's security concerns surrounding Huawei, and fellow Chinese telecoms equipment firm ZTE Corp, center around China's National Intelligence Law.

A Chinese employee of Huawei has been arrested in Poland on allegations of spying in the latest security scandal to plague China's biggest and most notorious phone maker.

Officers of Poland's counterintelligence agency also searched the local Huawei office as well as the homes of both suspects. The suspect is being threatened with up to 10 years in prison.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas.

Australia and New Zealand have also enacted similar bans, leaving Canada the only country in the "Five Eyes" intelligence network not to take steps against the Chinese firm.

The Chinese national arrested is Weijing W., who according to Polish authorities also used the names Stanisław, Staszek, and was Huawei's sales director in Poland.

"One thing is clear: this is another nail in the coffin of Huawei's European ambitions", said Thorsten Benner, director of the Global Public Policy Institute, a think tank.

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

Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder and the company's CFO, was detained in December for allegedly violating U.S. trade sanctions with Huawei's business dealings in Iran.

"As we start 2019, it is time for a change", Bradley said in the post.

In a statement, Huawei said it "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".

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it was "highly concerned" about the arrests.

Orange Poland told the AP on Friday it was cooperating with Polish security services in the case and had "handed over belongings of one of our employees" in Tuesday's search of its offices. The charges were "related to how Ms. Meng may have participated in a scheme to trick financial institutions into making transactions that violated United States sanctions against Iran", The New York Times reported at the time. Until then, she's under strict bail conditions, which include electric monitoring and an around-the-clock security detail.

This refusal to use Huawei's products come from the belief that doing so would pose "significant risks to national security" and potentially provide sensitive information back to Beijing through "backdoors" installed in Huawei products.

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