Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations

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Both men's homes had also been searched during the investigation. Both men have been charged with spying on Poland for China, state television and officials reported Friday.

People passing by a vehicle park sign of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Economic factors aside, the arrest of Wang is, in fact, something those who understand the power of 5G have expressed concern about: that the technology will be used as an espionage tool by Beijing. Further indictments are expected, he said. They reportedly proclaimed their innocence. If convicted, the pair could face up to 10 years imprisonment.

On Friday, Poland arrested a Huawei director and one of its own former cybersecurity experts and charged them with spying for China.

They were named as Weijing W. and Piotr D.in the agency release.

Wang is now a sales director for Huawei in Poland, having previously served as a PR director for the firm and working earlier in China's consulate in Gdansk, according to his LinkedIn profile. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.


According to local media, the Chinese businessman is believed to be a director of the Polish branch of Huawei.

The men were arrested on Tuesday and are suspected of having "worked for Chinese services and to the detriment of Poland", said Polish special services spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.

The new arrests came about a month after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

Past year, the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and the director of national intelligence all warned US citizens not to use Huawei products. But a US dispute with China over its ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company's biggest foreign market.

The company has attracted even greater scrutiny following the arrest of its chief financial officer last month in Canada.

Huawei has previously said it does not pose a security threat and that it's never been asked by any government to build backdoors or interrupt any networks. She was reportedly charged with fraud for telling the UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant was in full compliance with USA sanctions against Iran, while one of its subsidiaries was not complying with the restrictions.


Huawei, in turn, said in a statement that it is "aware of the situation" and that it has "no comment for the time being".

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

Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.

A Chinese businessman and a Pole have been arrested on suspicion of espionage in Poland.

"On Tuesday, the ABW officials conducted actions, as a result of which, we handed over belongings of one of our employees", Orange Polska told Fortune in an emailed statement.

In response to the searches and arrests, Huawei stated that the company will investigate the allegations and that it expects every employee to comply with local law.


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