WARSAW, Poland (AP) – The domestic security agency of Poland has accused a Chinese chief of technology giant Huawei in Poland and one of his former spy officers against Poland in China's name, Polish television reported on Friday.
The two men were arrested on Tuesday. Polish security agents also raided the offices of Huawei and Orange, the main Polish communications provider, where the Pole had recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data. The houses of the two men were also raided, according to TVP, the public television channel.
This development comes as a dispute between the United States and China over the ban Huawei overflows over Europe, the first market of society, where some countries are also starting to flee their network systems for security reasons Datas.
Some European governments and telecom companies are following the American example by questioning the fact that Huawei's use of vital infrastructure for mobile networks could expose them to government spying. Chinese.
Maciej Wasik, deputy chief of the Polish special service, said that the operation that led to the arrest of the two suspects had been underway for a long time and had been planned carefully.
He said that "the two had carried out espionage activities against Poland".
Polish state television, which is close to the government, identified the Chinese as Weijing W., claiming that he was a filmmaker in Poland at Huawei. Still under the Polish name Stanislaw, the Chinese had already worked at the Chinese consulate.
The state television identified the Pole as being Pyotr D. and stated that he was a top official of the Homeland Security Agency until 2011, when he held the post deputy director of the department of information security.
TVP stated that the men had not pleaded guilty and refused to testify in this case.
If they are found guilty, they risk up to 10 years in prison. Under Polish law, their surnames can not be published before the trial.
Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters stating that he was aware of the situation and that he was reviewing it.
"We have no comments yet. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates and requires each employee to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which it is based, "he continued.
Geopolitical tensions over Huawei escalated after the arrest of its financial director, daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, on Dec. 1 in Canada, in connection with US accusations that the company violated the restrictions imposed on the company. sale of American technology to Iran.
Huawei has been stuck in the United States since 2012, when a report from the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives revealed that it was a security risk and recommended to the government and private companies to stop buying network equipment.
Joe McDonald in Beijing contributed to this report.
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