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January 11, 2019, 09:20 GMT / Updated January 11, 2019 at 12:12 GMTPar ReutersWARSAW, Poland – A Chinese businessman and a Pole have been arrested on suspicion of espionage, said a Friday official.Maciej Wasik, deputy chief of Polish special services, said the operation was ongoing for a long time and that it was planned carefully. A spokeswoman for Huawei confirmed to NBC News that one of her employees had been arrested but did not want to comment further. on the case, which comes among the Western critics of the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer. Wasik added that the Polish national was "known in circles associated with the business of cyber-business". He claimed that the two suspects "had carried out espionage activities against Poland." If they are found guilty, they could incur up to ten years in prison. TVP TV said the security services had also searched the local offices of Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd, as well as than police offices. In a statement to NBC News, Huawei said the firm "was aware of the situation and we were reviewing it," Orange said in a statement. The security agency had gathered Tuesday documents about an employee, which he did not identify. The company added that she did not know if the investigation was related to the professional work of the employee and that she would continue to cooperate with the authorities. In December, Canadian authorities arrested a Huawei leader, Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US authorities. as part of an investigation into alleged violations of US trade sanctions. Intelligence agencies allege that Huawei is linked to the Chinese government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for spies. No evidence has been presented publicly and the company has repeatedly denied these claims. US critics have led a number of Western countries and companies to consider whether they should allow the use of Huawei's equipment in their telecommunication networks.

Associated Press and Ross Cullen contributed.