Huawei sacks employee arrested on spying charges in Poland

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked an employee arrested in Poland on spying charges in a case that could intensify Western security concerns about the company.

The move is the latest setback for Huawei, which saw the arrest of the daughter of the firm's founder in Canada and USA efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.

Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets following the arrest of the Chinese employee and a former Polish security official on Friday.

Local media identified the firm as Huawei Technologies Co and said the suspect was the sales director of its office in Poland.

Both of them will remain in custody for the next three months and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Huawei, on the other hand, said that it's aware of the situation but denies comments for now.

Going forward, he will serve as special adviser to the company, assisting "as required", Huawei Canada President Eric Li said in a memo to staff obtained by Reuters.

Wang worked as a sales director of Huawei for just over a year; he had previously been one of the firm's public relations directors.

Wang reportedly worked at a Chinese consulate in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011, and he's been at Huawei since then. The U.S. has been pushing European governments to block Huawei from telecom networks amid a wider dispute over trade between the world's two biggest economies.

People passing by a vehicle park sign of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs said it was "greatly concerned" and that it expects Poland to "justly" manage the case.

Yesterday, we reported that two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland over allegations of espionage.

A second man, Piotr D, was a former employee of the country's security services and had been working in telecoms.

Huawei has found itself in the centre of a trade war between the USA and China.

In a statement, it said the man, named as Wang Weijing, acted on his own and brought the firm into disrepute.

Orange Poland told the AP on Friday it was cooperating with Polish security services in the case and had "handed over belongings of one of our employees" in Tuesday's search of its offices. The United States wants Meng extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company's business dealings in Iran. She was granted bail by the Canadian supreme court in December 2018.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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