Kacper Pempel / Reuters
Updated at 10.30 ET.
Poland's internal insurance agency has arrested and accused an executive of the Chinese tech giant Huawei of suspicions of spying for China. A government spokesman identified the suspect as Weijing W. Media stories in Poland and China say he is also known as Stanislaw Wang, Huawei's sales manager in Poland.
On a coordinated arrest on Tuesday, the authorities also filed a Polish citizen named Piotr D. who works for telecom Orange Polska. He is a former internal security authority, according to the Polish TVP Info, who first reported the story.
The police both searched suspect homes Tuesday. In addition, TVP Info says that the heads of the internal security office searched for Huawei's head office in Poland and an orange office where Piotr D. worked.
The government has evidence that the two suspects "cooperated with Chinese services" when they led espionage against Poland, according to Stanisław Żaryn, spokesman for the special service, in a tweet on the case.
A federal court has decided that men can be held for three months when the case is investigated. If convicted, the couple can face up to 10 years in prison.
It is the latest high-profile crime case with Huawei, which comes after the arrest in Canada by its finance manager Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the telecom equipment company founder. Meng was imprisoned at the request of the United States for suspicion that she had tried to circumvent sanctions against Iran. The United States has also pushed to limit Huawei's influence, warn the company's possible ties to Chinese intelligence and urge countries to exclude the company because they are building new 5G networks.
In response to Tuesday, Chinese telecom company NPR arrests: "Huawei is aware of the situation and we are looking at it. Huawei follows all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates and we require each employee to comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which they are based. "
In a statement to the NPR, a spokesman for Orange Polska says:" On Tuesday, officials carried out ABW (Internal Security Agency) measures that resulted in us surrendering belongings to one of our employees. We do not know if there is any relationship with these Measures for his professional duties. We are at ABW's disposal and we are ready to provide any information that they request. "
Wang is a graduate of the Peking University for Foreign Studies who previously worked in China's Consulate in Gdan's k, according to his LinkedIn page. He was Huawei Polska's PR director for government and media relations for more than five years before becoming Sales Director 2017.
Piotr D. was an Internal Security Agency official until 2011, according to TVP Info, who said he was an advisor to the head of the special service who also had knowledge of the network. The Polish Government is using sharing sensitive information.
China's embassy has come out to offer consular services to Wang according to the South China Morning Post, which adds, "China's Foreign Ministry expressed great concern over the incident."
Last spring, Huawei Samsung surpassed Poland's best smartphone provider, with more than a third of the market reported by China.org.