Huawei has fired a sales director charged with espionage in Poland


A spokesman for the Polish security services said the allegations relate to individuals' actions and were not linked directly to Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd.

They were detained by Poland's Internal Security Agency, TVP Info reported.

Wang reportedly worked at a Chinese consulate in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011, and he's been at Huawei since then.

Zaryn told AP that prosecutors have charged the two men with espionage, but agents are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses.

Officers of Poland's counterintelligence agency also searched the local Huawei office as well as the homes of both suspects.

"A Pole and a Chinese citizen have been arrested on suspicion of spying".

The move came after Polish authorities arrested Huawei sales director Wang Weijing, also known as Stanislaw Wang, in Warsaw on charges of spying on Poland for Beijing along with a former Polish security official.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas.

If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison. "Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based", it continued.

A Huawei spokesman has said the company is aware of the arrest, but has made no further comment.

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The Polish suspect in the case, Piotr D., was an officer in the Internal Security Agency until 2011, according to TVP Info, which says he was an adviser to the head of the special service who also had expertise about the network Poland's government uses to share sensitive information.

Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and US -led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. In New Zealand, the Government Communications Security Bureau turned down Spark's bid to use Huawei equipment on the new 5G network in November.

He is a graduate of the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

New Zealand, Australia and the USA have barred Huawei from involvement in their next-generation 5G mobile networks.

And in December, Huawei's CFO was arrested by Canadian police, amid allegations she broke sanctions on selling equipment to Iran - something the firm again denied.

Orange Polska's French parent company said this week it would no longer work with the Chinese company in France.

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a USA extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences".

In apparent retaliation, China has since detained two Canadians - a former diplomat and a business consultant - on suspicion of endangering national security.

In mid-August, Washington enacted legislation banning USA government agencies from using Huawei products amid concerns that the company's mobile phones "pose an unacceptable risk to the [Pentagon's] personnel, information and mission".