Huawei sales director arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Huawei sales director arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Huawei sales director arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Security services have also searched the Polish offices of Huawei and telecoms firm Orange, according to state public TV channel TVP. He could not be immediately reached for comments.

Chinese telecom company Huawei is being tightlipped on reports one of its employees has been arrested by Polish authorities on suspicion of espionage.

Huawei had a presence at CES, but one of its employees was arrested in Poland while the show was going on.

Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei-a former officer at China's People's Liberation Army-has been cited as a security risk in intelligence circles due to having close ties to the Chinese communist regime.

Huawei, which makes telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics, said in a statement that it was "aware of the situation, and we are looking into it".

On Jan. 11, Reuters reported Polish officials had arrested a Huawei employee and former Polish security official on spying allegations.

He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.


The detainees were charged with Article 130 paragraph 1 of espionage against the Republic of Poland. The person has yet to be named by Poland officials, but WSJ's sources claim that the man is Weijing Wang, and is known as Stainslaw Wang in Poland. They'll both remain in custody for at least three months.

The Polish citizen previously held director-level positions in the country's law-enforcement agencies, said Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland's security coordination office.

In mid-August, Washington enacted legislation banning USA government agencies from using Huawei products amid concerns that the company's mobile phones "pose an unacceptable risk to the [Pentagon's] personnel, information and mission".

"We are extremely grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada during the past seven and a half years and I personally want to take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication and valuable support he has provided to me during the time we worked together".

Huawei is also mired in a U.S. case alleging violations of trade sanctions.

China is highly concerned over the issue, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' press office said in a faxed response to questions. They also arrested a Polish employee of the local subsidiary of European communications giant Orange. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.

Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on December 1 in Vancouver at the request of the United States. The US alleges that its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, conspired to defraud banks to unwittingly clear transactions linked to Iran. A spokesperson for Orange Polska told NPR that the company was cooperating with authorities.

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