Poland has arrested an employee of Huawei Technologies Co. and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China, the state TVPInfo news channel said Friday. Huawei's employee is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public sector customers in Poland, according to the press. at TVPInfo. The other detainee is a former senior official of Poland's internal security agency who worked for mobile operator Orange Polska SA, the broadcaster said. They will remain in detention for three months. "We must now check the activities directed against the country and this case is far from closed," Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the head of the Polish secret service, told TVPInfo. If they are found guilty, they risk up to 10 years in prison, he said. A Huawei representative said the company was looking into the issue and declined to comment further. The company stated that it complies with the laws in force wherever it operates and expects its employees to do the same.
People walking in front of a sign from Chinese technology giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, January 11, 2019.
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China is extremely concerned about this issue, the Foreign Ministry press service said in a faxed response to questions. "We ask the country concerned to treat the case fairly, on the basis of the law" and to protect the legitimate rights of the population, said TVPInfo. The two accused were named Weijing W. and Piotr D., in accordance with Polish law which prohibits the publication of the full names of arrested persons. The country's security services have raided the offices of Huawei and Orange Polska, state television said. The Chinese tech giant is facing increasing pressure across the European Union as Beijing fears more and more. to use Huawei's equipment to spy, which the company has always denied. The United States is pushing European governments to block Huawei's telecommunication networks as part of a broader trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. Last year, Orange Polska worked with Huawei to introduce the latest fifth generation wireless network, or 5G, in the country with 38 million inhabitants. Its parent company, the French company Orange SA, will no longer work with Chinese society in France, said Tuesday the CEO, Stéphane Richard.Il is not certain that his Polish unit has followed. Orange Polska spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski declined to comment on Huawei's cooperation and confirmed that the Warsaw-based company handed over an employee's assets to the Polish authorities on Tuesday. posed no threat to security and never asked him. government to build backdoors or interrupt all networks. He stated that he would never tolerate such behavior on the part of our staff. The company has also been criticized for allegations that Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, allegedly conspired to defraud the banks in order to unintentionally clear Iran-related transactions, in violation of US sanctions. . Meng was released on bail four weeks ago and lives in his one million dollar home in Vancouver under restrictions.
With the help of Feifei Shen and Natalia Drozdiak.