Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

A Polish security services spokesman said earlier the allegations were related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to the Chinese company. Both men have been charged with spying on Poland for China, state television and officials reported Friday. Last month, Huawei's CFO Wang Mei Zhou was arrested in Vancouver Canada for allegedly allowing Huawei to violate a United States sanction against Iran.

A Polish man was on Tuesday also arrested for alleged espionage along with Wang.

Officers of Poland's counterintelligence agency also searched the local Huawei office as well as the homes of both suspects.

In a statement on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Poland said the embassy had met with the Polish Ministry for Foreign Affairs over the detention of a Chinese citizen and had requested that the Chinese side is briefed on the matter and consular visits be arranged as soon as possible. They will remain in custody for three months.

Huawei said that Bradley will now serve as a "special consultant" to the company and help them according to the company's requirements.

Huawei said in a terse statement that it was "aware of the situation" and "looking into it".

The Chinese national is a former employee of the country's consulate in the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk, according to TVPInfo.

Its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - the daughter of its founder - was arrested in Canada last month and faces extradition to the USA on charges of breaking Iran sanctions.

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Some European governments and telecom companies are following the USA lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government. One of them is reportedly a sales director for Huawei. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

Huawei had already seen the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in Canada and USA efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

It's the latest setback for Huawei in Europe, where the company has ambitious plans to roll out next-generation "5G" mobile networks, which it is a leader in developing.

The company has attracted even greater scrutiny following the arrest of its chief financial officer last month in Canada.

Its products have been subject to blocks and bans in some countries, including the US, Australia and New Zealand. She has been released on bail, but faces a lengthy legal fight over extradition to the US.

On Dec. 10, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national security allegations in apparent retaliation for Meng's arrest.

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.

No evidence has been made public, and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations.

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