Poland detains Huawei employee, accuses him of spying for China

Poland detains Huawei employee, accuses him of spying for China

Poland's counterintelligence agency is believed to have searched Huawei's Poland headquarters, a local Orange branch, and the houses of both suspects. Huawei is facing increased spying accusations from the U.S. and its allies. Both are accused of espionage. Huawei and Orange could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Huawei employee is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public sector clients in Poland, according to TVPInfo.

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the AWB, along with the offices of Orange Polska where the Polish national reportedly worked. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in jail, he said.

The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "greatly concerned" and that it expects Poland to "justly" manage the case.

But the criticism has led several Western countries and companies to look into whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks, straining relations with Beijing.

Two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland for allegedly spying on the Chinese government's behalf.

"We have no comment for the time being".

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United States intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies has links to the Chinese government and that its equipment may have "backdoors" for use by government spies.

The U.S. also pressured European countries to cut ties with the Chinese telecom company amid links to the Chinese government and data security concerns.

In December, Canadian authorities arrested a top Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, at the behest of US authorities as part of an investigation into alleged violations of USA trade sanctions.

"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", the statement pointed out.

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

The development comes as a US dispute with China over a ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company's biggest foreign market, where some countries are also starting to shun its network systems over data security concerns.

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