'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'
11 January, 2019, 15:43
While the MateBook 13 was certainly Huawei's biggest focus at CES 2019, it wasn't the only announcement from the company. But the criticism has led several Western countries and companies to look into whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks, straining relations with Beijing.
Security services have also searched the Polish offices of Huawei and telecoms firm Orange, according to state public TV channel TVP.
Along with the Chinese national, whose name has been reported as Weijinga W., the Polish counterintelligence service, the Internal Security Agency (ABW), arrested Polish national Piotr D., the ABW's own former employee, Polish broadcaster TVP reports.
Polish media outlets said the Polish suspect is thought to be a former agent for Poland's ABW counter-intelligence service who is now working as a cyber-security consultant for the Polish branch of French mobile phone provider Orange.
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".
He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland". If found guilty they could face 10 years in jail. Under Polish law, their last names can not be published ahead of trial.
"We have no comment for the time being".
US intelligence agencies allege Huawei is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.
"Huawei 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", it added.
Geopolitical tensions over Huawei intensified after its chief financial officer, who is the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested December 1 in Canada in connection with US accusations that the company violated restrictions on sales of American technology to Iran.