Chinese Huawei employee arrested on spying charge in Poland

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The two men were arrested on Tuesday, according to Polish state television TVP.

TVP said the Polish national was a former agent of the internal security agency.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims of secret ties to the Chinese government.

However, the person is said to be a former high-ranking official at Poland's internal security agency. "We have no comment for the time being", Huawei said in a statement.

The two have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to provide testimony in the case, the state broadcaster said.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special services, said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyberbusiness affairs".

The pair are set to remain in custody for at least three months and apparently face up to ten years in prison.

"We have no comment for the time being".

The company said 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". She was granted bail but remains in Vancouver under 24-hour surveillance.

But unlike Meng, who was detained for possible extradition to the U.S., Wang is suspected of conducting espionage against Poland.

The West's security concerns surrounding Huawei, and fellow Chinese telecoms equipment firm ZTE Corp, center around China's National Intelligence Law.

That allegation has not been proven publicly and the company denies any link to China's government.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Chris Wray said in February that they were concerned about allowing a company "that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks".

Her arrest highlighted US accusations that Huawei broke sanctions against Iran, but the USA has also been pushing to try to curtail Huawei's influence, warning about the company's possible ties to Chinese intelligence and calling on countries to exclude the company as they build new 5G networks.



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