Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

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

A spokesman for the agency, Stanislaw Zaryn, said the two were arrested on Tuesday.

The firm's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December over allegations of breaking of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Huawei has been blocked in the US since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

Poland has arrested a Chinese businessman working for the Huawei technology company on suspicion of espionage, authorities in Warsaw said today.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims of secret ties to the Chinese government. "We have no comment for the time being", Huawei said in a statement.

This has sparked fears Huawei could be asked by the Chinese government to incorporate "backdoors" into their equipment that would allow Beijing access, for spying or sabotage purposes. As well as producing smartphones, the Chinese corporation develops mobile network infrastructure used in many countries, which some nations see as a potential security risk.

"The Chinese national is a businessman working for a major electronics company ... the Pole is a person known in circles associated with cyber business", Maciej Wasik, the deputy head of Poland's special services, told PAP.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, quoting a spokesperson for Polish security services. Polish security agents also searched the offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, where the Pole had recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data.

In December, a Czech cyber-security agency warned against using the software and hardware of Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE, saying they posed a threat to state security.

The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for a response to the reports.

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