Authorities in Poland arrested an employee of the Chinese tech giant Huawei and charged him with espionage, Reuters reported. Polish security agents also searched the offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland's leading communications provider, where the Pole had recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data.
"We must now verify the activities aimed against the country and this case is far from closed", Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for Poland's secret services chief, told TVPInfo.
Reports have shown that the Chinese technology giant circumvented sanctions imposed on Iran and North Korea by providing them with telecommunications equipment that can be used to spy on their populations, otherwise known as "dual use technologies".
The government has evidence that the two suspects "cooperated with the Chinese services" as they conducted espionage against Poland, according to Stanisław Żaryn, spokesman for the special services branch, in a tweet about the case.
TVP, which is government-controlled media, identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei.
Authorities also arrested a former Polish government official on similar charges.
TVP said the men have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to give testimony in the case. The suspect is being threatened with up to 10 years in prison. Under Polish law, their last names can not be published ahead of trial.
"In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei's labour contract, we have made this decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute", the statement said.
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US President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing European allies to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade with China.
The executive's arrest follows the arrest of Huawei's global chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018. Australia and New Zealand banned Huawei equipment from the planned 5G networks of carriers in the countries, and the head of British spy agency MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.
Huawei has repeatedly said it's unaware of any wrongdoing by Meng. She was reportedly charged with fraud for telling the UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant was in full compliance with USA sanctions against Iran, while one of its subsidiaries was not complying with the restrictions.
Orange Polska said it handed over one employee's belongings to authorities.
Her arrest has sparked a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones, with several companies offering employee subsidies to buy phones from the home-grown company.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it was "highly concerned" about the arrests. China warned of "grave consequences" following the initial arrest, and detained two Canadian citizens on Chinese soil soon after the threat.
China's ambassador to Canada accused the country this week of "white supremacy" in calling for the release of the two Canadians, while describing the detentions as an "act of self-defense".