Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chinese Huawei employee, Polish former intel officer, arrested in Poland for espionage

Chinese Huawei employee, Polish former intel officer, arrested in Poland for espionage

Orange Polska spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski said "ABW officials had carried out items belonging to one of our employees on Tuesday". The man, who went by the Polish first name Stanislaw, also worked at the Chinese consulate in the past.

He worked at Orange, a company that worked with Huawei to roll out next-generation 5G mobile networks in Poland, the BBC reported.

State TV identified the Pole as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency until 2011, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security. If convicted, the men could face up to 10 years in prison.

The U.S. criticism has led to a number of Western countries and companies to review whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks.

The company 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".

In December, Canadian authorities arrested a top Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, at the behest of US authorities as part of an investigation into alleged violations of USA trade sanctions. She was granted bail but remains in Vancouver under 24-hour surveillance.

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Polish security services have arrested a Chinese national and Polish national for spying, according to local press. The U.S. must submit an extradition hearing by the end of January.

A federal court has ruled the men can be held for three months as the case is investigated further.

The allegations were that Huawei was using its kit to spy on other governments - claims the firm has strenuously and repeatedly denied.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray said in February that they were concerned about allowing a company "that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks".

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.

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