Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government Credit Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg

The Chinese suspect is an employee of Huawei, Poland's public television channel TVP said. Huawei is facing increased spying accusations from the U.S. and its allies.

Poland's state security agency arrested a Chinese national and a Polish national on Friday over allegations of spying, Poland's state news agency PAP reported. Both are accused of espionage. A government spokesman identified the suspect as Weijing W.; media reports in Poland and China say he's also known as Stanislaw Wang, Huawei's sales director in Poland.

Orange said in a statement that the Polish security services had gathered material related to an employee, but it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work.

Some European governments and telecom companies are following the USA lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government. The homes of the men were also searched.

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.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special service, said the two arrested men "carried out espionage activities against Poland" and the operation to arrest them was underway for a long time.

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

Huawei told the BBC it had no immediate comment.

"We have no comment for the time being".

The allegations were that Huawei was using its kit to spy on other governments - claims the firm has strenuously and repeatedly denied.

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

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".

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