Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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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.

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".

The Huawei employee is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public-sector clients in Poland, according to TVPInfo.

Poland's TVP Info reported that ABW agents searched both Orange and Huawei's offices on Tuesday, having received court approval last week.

The accusations add to Huawei's troubles of late as Western governments grow anxious that Huawei's systems could be used by Chinese intelligence.

The Polish state news agency says a Polish man who has been charged with spying for China had held top cybersecurity positions at different state agencies and had been involved in projects co-financed by the European Union.

According to CNBC, which cites the original Polish report, the two men will reportedly be detained by authorities for at least three months.

The Chinese foreign ministry said it was "greatly concerned" by the reports, and urged Poland to handle the case "justly". If convicted, the pair could face up to 10 years imprisonment.

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It's the latest setback for Huawei in Europe, where the company has ambitious plans to roll out next-generation "5G" mobile networks, which it is a leader in developing.

"On January 8, they were detained, the Internal Security Agency carried out procedural acts, and searches were carried out in many places related to their activities", deputy minister of the special services coordinator Maciej Wąsik told Polsat News.

"We are extremely grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada during the past seven and a half years and I personally want to take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication and valuable support he has provided to me during the time we worked together".

Oddly, Huawei, once a customer of Qualcomm, was one of the star witnesses for the FTC in their suit against Qualcomm which alleges that the USA company is threatening to withhold chips to customers unless they pay unreasonably high licensing fees.

The detainees were charged with Article 130 paragraph 1 of espionage against the Republic of Poland.

A high ranking Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was also arrested by Canadian authorities in December 2018, at the request of the United States authorities.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver while transiting to Mexico on December 1st, 2018 by Canadian authorities. Until then, she's under strict bail conditions, which include electric monitoring and an around-the-clock security detail.

Huawei is also mired in a USA case alleging violations of trade sanctions.

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