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Poland arrests employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei for spying for gov't

Poland arrests employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei for spying for gov't

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish cyber business specialist on allegations of spying, state news agency PAP said on Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker. Huawei is facing increased spying accusations from the United States and its allies. He alleged both suspects "carried out espionage activities against Poland".

The Huawei employee was identified as the company's sales director for Poland, Weijing W., while the Polish citizen, Piotr D., worked for a telecommunications company called Orange Polska. If convicted, the men could face up to 10 years in prison.

TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that.

In addition, agents have searched Poland's Office of Electronic Communication (UKE) regulator, where the Polish suspect had also worked, according to TVP Info.

The two employees arrested include a Chinese national and a Polish national, both of whom worked at Huawei in Poland.

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"We have no information as to whether this is at all related to his work duties".

Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for the Polish security services, said the country's Internal Security Agency (ISA) detained a Chinese citizen and a former Polish security official on January 8 over spying allegations.

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

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.

However, the person is said to be a former high-ranking official at Poland's internal security agency.

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Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters that said it was aware of the situation and looking into it.

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 man attended a top Chinese intelligence school, and was a former Chinese consulate in Gdnask.

The Polish citizen previously held director-level positions in the country's law-enforcement agencies, said Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland's security coordination office.

The Polish announcement comes weeks after Canada arrested Huawei vice president Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating Iran sanctions.

But a USA dispute with China over its ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company's biggest foreign market. She was granted bail by the Canadian supreme court in December 2018.

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