Huawei workers got caught in Poland on espionage charges
Two individuals were caught by Polish Police because of conducting espionage on behalf of the Chinese government.
One is a Chinese man who is the head of Huawei’s sales in the country, while the other is a Polish national and employee of the telecoms provider Orange Polska. The network has recently partnered with Huawei to make its next-gen 5G network.
The arrest came as result because of the fears that Huawei can be used for spying on the behalf of the Chinese government when used to build a country’s communications infrastructure.
There are reports that the US is considering explicitly banning the use of the company’s equipment from such networks, and it has also pressured its allies to do the same.
There are reports that the Polish government has identified the name of Huawei employee as Weijing W, and Polish television said that he worked for the Chinese Consulate in Gdansk, Poland, before joining Huawei in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Polish national’s name is Piotr D. and was working at Poland’s internal security agency, the ABW, before leaving over allegations of corruption.
Huawei released a statement that:
” It 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.”
The Chinese foreign ministry said that they are very much concerned about these arrests. Orange Polska confirmed that their offices had been searched, but it could not say whether the investigation was linked to Piot D.’s professional work.
If found guilty, both the men which were accused of espionage could face prison sentences of up to 10 years.