Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Two Huawei employees arrested in Poland over spying allegations

The arrest rekindled tensions between China and the West over cybersecurity concerns surrounding Huawei. The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "highly concerned" about the arrest.

"They have to cooperate with their intelligence services".

Recently, the Canadian government launched a new security assessment of Huawei's 5G technology past year, and at least two large Canadian operators have indicated that they will launch small-scale investigations. China reacted by detaining thirteen Canadian nationals in its territory. Further, authorities arrested a Polish national on similar charges.

Internal Security Agency officers have searched the headquarters of Huawei's Polish branch and the offices of the Orange telecommunications corporation, where the Polish suspect worked after leaving the agency, TVP Info said.

Previously, he had an official position as attaché at the consulate of China in the port city of Gdansk.

They were named as Weijing W. and Piotr D.in the agency release. He was the deputy head of the Department of Teleinformatic Security and adviser to the then head of this special service, General Krzysztof Bondaryk.

Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping in late December complained that his company was being subjected to "incredibly unfair treatment". It said, while at the Internal Security Agency, he was involved in building a mobile communications system for top Polish officials, and he was sacked in 2011 amid a corruption scandal.

Earlier this week, Polish security agents searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, seizing documents and electronic data.

On Thursday, a Warsaw court agreed to prosecutors' requests to arrest the two men for three months.

It was also reported that both detainees pleaded not guilty and refused to give explanations regarding the case.

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"We are aware of the situation, and we are looking into it".

"His alleged actions have no relation to the company", Huawei said in a statement to AFP. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.

Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in Canada and United States efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

Despite that, several countries have moved to restrict Huawei's access to the 5G market.

New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. have all barred the company from involvement in their national 5G networks.

Huawei's business is thriving in many places.

Huawei is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe.

"We have no comment for the time being".

A year ago the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America. But the country's IT watchdog says it had seen no evidence Huawei could use its equipment to spy for Beijing.

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