The local state security agency arrested a Chinese citizen, employee at Huawei and a Polish citizen in the name of investigation of espionage. The arrested Chinese man is a “supervisor” of Huawei in Poland.
Maciej Wasik, deputy director of the Polish Special Service, did not disclose the Chinese citizenship, but said, “This Chinese is a businessman working in a large electronics company (Huawei).” He also revealed, “The Poles are well known in the circles related to Internet business.”
Reuters quoted as saying that the Polish security department also searched Huawei’s office in Poland and the office of the telecommunications company Orange Polska (OPL.WA) in Poland.
Polish security official Stanislaw Zarlin said that employees of Huawei’s Polish branch were detained on suspicion of espionage and had nothing to do with the commercial activities of the Chinese company.
As for the other arrested Poles, they are employees of the telecommunications company Orange and it also confirmed the news. The company said in a statement that the Security Bureau collected information about the employee but did not disclose the identity of the employee.
In reply to the news that Huawei employees were arrested, Huawei responded by saying:
“We have learned the relevant information and are learning more about it. There is no comment on this. Huawei has always complied with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates. Operate and require all employees to comply with the laws and regulations of the country where they are located.”
The company said that the confrontation had a negative impact on Huawei’s global reputation. Huawei operates in more than 170 countries and regions. According to the company’s labor contract management regulations, Huawei decided to instantly end its employment relationship with Wang Weijing.
If convicted, they will have to face 10 years in prison.