Poland has arrested a Chinese Huawei employee and a Polish national involved in computer cases over allegations of espionage, Polish media reported on Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the manufacturer. Chinese telecommunication equipment.

The Polish state TVP TVP said the security services also carried out searches in the local offices of Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd, as well as in the offices of the telecommunications company Orange Polska, where it indicated that the national works Polish were used.

Orange said in a statement that the security agency had gathered Tuesday documents about an employee she had not identified.

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The company added that it did not know if the investigation was related to the professional work of the employee and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

Huawei Poland did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent by email. Huawei in China could not be immediately contacted to comment.

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In December, Canadian authorities arrested Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou, at the request of US authorities, in an investigation into alleged violations of US trade sanctions.

US intelligence agencies allege that Huawei is linked to the Chinese government and that its equipment may contain backdoors for government spies. No evidence has been produced publicly and the company has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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.

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"The Chinese national is a business man working in a large electronics company … the Pole is a known person in circles related to e-business," said Maciej Wasik, Deputy Director of Services specials from Poland, to the PAP state press agency.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, quoting the spokesman of the chief of Polish special services.

TVP stated that the Polish national was a former agent of the internal security agency. The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters& # 39; comments requests.

Reuters