The Polish authorities have arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant and a Polish citizen, and accused them of spying for Beijing, officials said Friday, inter alia, by the US and its allies pushing to limit the use of Chinese technology based on espionage shortage.
Huawei employee is head of the company's sales in Poland, officials said; The other person arrested works for the French telecommunications company Orange. Both men did not claim to be guilty and have refused to answer questions, reported the state television transmitter TYPE.
Polish The law enforcement officers beat Tuesday home and office for the two suspects. The authorities had to wait two days to obtain arrest rights, a standard delay in Poland.
A Huawei spokesman said the company had no views on the matter, but insisted that the company "comply with all applicable laws and regulations in Orange has also declined to comment on the matter, but confirmed that its office had become raid and the
It is not the first time in recent months that a Huawei employee has been arrested abroad. Meng Wanzhou, the company's financial manager, was arrested in Canada last month at the request of the United States, where she had been appointed for fraud aiming to violate US sanctions against Iran, Ms Meng, daughter of Huaiwe's founder, Ren Zhengfei, was released on bail, pending a decision on whether to extradite her.
A United States Legislature Report said Huawei and another company, ZTE, were effectively the weapons of the Chinese government whose equipment was used for espionage. security companies have reported finding software installed on Chinese phones that send users' personal information to China.
Last year, US intelligence services informed a Senate panel that Americans would not use Chinese telecommunications products and some major US dealers have stopped selling them. The Federal Communications Commission has said it will carry US telecommunications companies to use equipment from any company considered to be a national security risk – a move that is primarily aimed at Huawei and ZTE that effectively shut them down from creating the next-generation mobile network called 5G.
Australia, the UK, the Czech Republic, Japan and New Zealand have also taken steps to limit the use of Huawei equipment and limit the company's role in 5G development. The arrests and violence in Poland opened a new front in the struggle to control Europe's digital future.
The Polish government identified only Huawei employee as Weijing W. According to Weense W., Weijing W. graduated from the Beijing Foreign Studies University with a degree in Polish studies and once worked at the Chinese Consulate in Gdansk, Poland. He began working for Huawei 2011.
The Polish suspect was identified as Piotr D., a former agent of Poland's internal security service. As an agent, he had "access to important information", including "the internal government system that allows to communicate secret information to the main people of the country," said Maciej Wasik, deputy head of the Polish Special Services, to the Polish press agency.
Officials did not provide information on the alleged criminal activity.
The suspects will be held for three months while the authorities are conducting their investigation, Wasik said.