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Poland arrests Huawei employee, Polish man on spying allegations

2019-01-11 16:39
Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a former Polish security official on spying allegations, officials and sources told Reuters on Friday (January 11), a move that could fuel Western security concerns about the telecoms equipment maker. However, a spokesman for the Polish security services told Reuters the allegations related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd. Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for the Polish security services, said the country's Internal Security Agency (ISA) detained a Chinese citizen and a former Polish security official on January 8 over spying allegations. The two men have heard charges and will be held for three months, he said. A person with knowledge of the matter said a Huawei employee called Wang Weijing had been arrested but not charged. A LinkedIn profile for Wang showed he has worked for Huawei's Polish division since 2011 and previously served as attache to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011. Wang did not immediately respond to a request for comment via the social media site. Polish public TV channel TVP said the Polish man was a former ISA officer and that security services had searched the offices of his current employer, telecoms firm Orange Polska. Huawei's local offices were also searched, TVP reported. No evidence has been produced publicly and Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims, but the allegations have led several Western countries to restrict Huawei's access to their markets. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and U.S.-led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.