MoneyPoland arrests Huawei employee over spying allegations

13:05  11 january  2019
13:05  11 january  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber business on allegations of spying , Polish media reported on Friday, deepening the controversy over Huawei Poland did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Security services allege that the Chinese individual is an employee of Huawei . Polish security services have arrested a Chinese national and Polish national for spying The firm's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December over allegations of breaking of US

Poland arrests Huawei employee over spying allegations© Provided by CNBC LLC A man walking past a Huawei P20 smartphone advertisement is reflected in a glass door in front of a Huawei logo, at a shopping mall in Shanghai, China December 6, 2018.

Poland's counterintelligence agency has arrested an employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei over spying allegations.

According to Polish TV broadcaster Telewizja Polska, Huawei's sales director and an ex-security agent were arrested on Tuesday by officers of the country's Internal Security Agency, charged with espionage.

The Huawei employee is reportedly a Chinese national, while the former security agent is a Polish national who recently worked for Orange Polska.

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Even before the arrest of its CFO last week, pressure from the United States had forced China's Huawei [HWT.UL] But the detention of Meng Wanzhou in Canada over U.S. allegations she misled banks about Huawei ’s control of a firm operating in Iran could encourage more customers to stay away.

It has to end. Chinese diplomats protested Meng’s arrest , saying that she didn’t violate any US or Canadian laws. The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Geng Shuang, demanded that Washington and Ottawa clarify the reasons behind the executive’s detention and “immediately” release her.

Huawei and French telecommunications firm Orange's offices were searched and documents seized by the Internal Security Agency, the broadcaster reported.

A spokesperson for Huawei said the company, which overtook Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer last year, is aware of the situation.

"Huawei is aware of the situation, and we are looking into it," the spokesperson said." "We have no comment for the time being."

The spokesperson added: "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."

Orange and Poland's Internal Security Agency were not immediately available for comment.

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BEIJING - China expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday over his criticism of a death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a hastily conducted retrial that followed a chilling of relations over the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive. Trudeau should "respect the rule of law, respect China's judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. "We express our strong dissatisfaction with this," Hua told reporters at a daily briefing.

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