Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

And in December, Huawei's CFO was arrested by Canadian police, amid allegations she broke sanctions on selling equipment to Iran - something the firm again denied.

The U.S. criticism has led to a number of Western countries and companies to review whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks.

Polish authorities have reportedly arrested Huawei's sales director and an ex-security agency staffer on allegations of spying.

The Chinese national is an employee of Huawei, Poland's public TV channel TVP said. Huawei and Orange could not immediately be reached for comment.

"We must now verify the activities aimed against the country and this case is far from closed", Mr Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for Poland's secret services chief, told TVPInfo. The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

The firm's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December over allegations of breaking of U.S. sanctions on Iran.

A Chinese Huawei "director" and a Polish cyber business specialist have been arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying for China, it has emerged. Some experts also see a risk that Chinese intelligence may develop an ability to subvert Huawei's equipment.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, quoting a spokesperson for Polish security services.

The other detained person is a former high-ranking official at Poland's internal security agency who worked at mobile phone operator Orange Polska SA, the broadcaster said.

Wasik said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and that the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyber-business affairs". The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

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