Poland Arrests Huawei Employee on Spy Charges

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Britain's largest mobile provider BT said last month that it would remove Huawei equipment from its cellular network after the foreign intelligence service called the company a security risk.

Some European governments and telecom companies are following the USA lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.

China's foreign ministry said it was "greatly concerned" by the reports, and urged Poland to handle the case "justly".

"It's not the beginning of this case but it's also not the end", he said. Further, the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer said it complies with all laws in the countries it operates in and requires employees do the same.

A high ranking Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was also arrested by Canadian authorities in December 2018, at the request of the USA authorities.


Poland's neighbour Germany has said it is considering restricting Huawei's role in its future telecom infrastructure.

Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now.

In addition to this, Huawei have come under fire from authorities in Norway, Germany, the United States, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with several countries outright banning the use of their devices or equipment used in 5G mobile networks.

They were named as Weijing W. and Piotr D.in the agency release.

Poland's counterintelligence agency seized documents from the man's office and home.


According to local media, the Chinese businessman is believed to be one of the directors of the Polish branch of Huawei.

Zaryn told The Associated Press that prosecutors have charged the two men with espionage, but agents are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses. Today, a Canadian executive of Huawei who has served for more than seven years announced his resignation.

Orange Polska worked with Huawei previous year on introducing the latest fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network in the country of 38 million.

The European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should work on a joint position on whether to exclude Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei from their markets, Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said on Saturday.

Needless to say that as it stands these are just allegations with the case yet to be brought to court, but it would be unwise to ignore the pattern as this is not the first time the company is accused. A spokesperson for Orange Polska told NPR that the company was cooperating with authorities.


Germany is under pressure from Washington to follow suit, news magazine Der Spiegel reported. Spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski declined to comment on Huawei cooperation but confirmed that the Warsaw-based company handed over an employee's belongings to the authorities. It has said it would "never tolerate such behaviour by any of our staff".

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