Huawei employee arrested in Poland on spying allegations

The company said that it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee’s professional work

The men could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Huawei said in a statement: "We are aware of the situation, and we are looking into it". Following Meng's arrest, China warned Canada of "grave consequences", and has since detained two Canadians on charges of endangering national security.

In a statement, the telecoms giant also said the arrest of its former sales director was not related to Huawei.

Poland has arrested a Huawei Technologies Co. employee and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China, public television news channel TVPInfo said Friday.

One of Huawei Canada's top executives on Friday disclosed he was leaving his post after more than seven years with the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker, which is facing heightened scrutiny over security issues from Canada and its allies.

The incident has also sparked a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones - and several companies even offering employee subsidies to buy phones from the home-grown company.

The Chinese government said it was "highly concerned" over reports of the arrest of a Chinese businessman for alleged espionage.




The arrest comes on the back of a hard year for Huawei, which has seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in Canada and U.S. efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns. The homes of both men, also in Warsaw, were searched as well, according to agency spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn. Australia and New Zealand banned Huawei equipment from the planned 5G networks of carriers in the countries, and the head of British spy agency MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.

American and other Western security experts, including three former heads of Canadian spy agencies, have raised concerns that Huawei could be asked by Beijing to incorporate backdoors into their equipment for spying or sabotage goal.

Under Chinese law, firms are compelled to "support, co-operate with and collaborate in national intelligence work".

Huawei has previously said it does not pose a security threat and that it's never been asked by any government to build backdoors or interrupt any networks. Meng has maintained that Huawei has no connection or involvement. The high-profile arrest has threatened relations between United States and China amidst a contentious trade war.

Wasik said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and that the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyber-business affairs".

Huawei has repeatedly denied allegations of secret ties to the Chinese government, and says it has won a quarter of all commercial 5G contracts around the world.

Oddly, Huawei, once a customer of Qualcomm, was one of the star witnesses for the FTC in their suit against Qualcomm which alleges that the US company is threatening to withhold chips to customers unless they pay unreasonably high licensing fees.

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