Polish authorities arrest Huawei director on suspicion of espionage

Jan

11

2019

Polish intelligence service has done raids at the office of Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei. The sales director of Huawei Poland and a Polish employee of Orange were arrested.

The Chinese sales director of Huawei Poland and the Orange employee are accused of espionage. If they are found guilty, they can get a prison sentence of ten years. Officially, the Polish government reports that it is a Chinese and Polish man. Polish media say that it concerns Weijing Wang, the sales director of the Polish division of the Chinese company.

According to TVP , the Orange employee was in the past a senior officer of the internal security service ABW. The arrest took place on Tuesday at the defendants at home and at the same time the police entered the offices of Huawei and Orange. On Thursday, the judge decided to extend the detention of the suspects by three months.

According to the Polish authorities, the operation is the result of lengthy and thorough investigation into the espionage activities of the suspects. Documents and storage media were confiscated in incidents, which will analyze the intelligence service of Poland.

The Chinese government states that it is very concerned about the arrest against Reuters and urges the Polish authorities to deal with the matter ‘with care’. It is a new action in a series of Western actions directed against Huawei. Especially the Americans accuse Huawei for years of espionage for Beijing, something the company has always denied .

In several countries, including the US, the UK, Australia and Japan, the use of Huawei network equipment has been scaled down for fear of espionage. In Canada, the company’s CFO was arrested last month, but not on suspicion of espionage but on circumventing US sanctions against Iran.

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