Poland spy arrest: China telecoms firm Huawei sacks employee – BBC News - http://www.straittalk.co.za | make money onlineJanuary 12, 2019 3:41 pm
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In a statement, it said the man, named as Wang Weijing, acted on his own and brought the firm into disrepute.
A former member of the Polish intelligence service was also detained on spying charges.
China and the company itself deny this.
Its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou – the daughter of its founder – was arrested in Canada last month and faces extradition to the US on charges of breaking Iran sanctions.
What do we know so far?
The two individuals were arrested on Tuesday following a lengthy investigation, a spokesman for the security services told the BBC.
Huawei’s statement said his alleged activity had “no relation to the company”.
On Thursday, a Warsaw court agreed to prosecutors’ requests to arrest the two men for three months. If found guilty of spying, they face up to 10 years in prison.
In a statement, Huawei 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.”
Both men’s homes had also been searched during the investigation.
Why are there concerns about Huawei?
Chinese tech giant Huawei is at the centre of several diplomatic rows, most spurred by concerns over security.
Under Chinese law, firms are compelled to “support, co-operate with and collaborate in national intelligence work”.
Its media-shy founder, Ren Zhengfei, is also a former engineer in China’s army and joined the Communist Party in 1978.
New Zealand, Australia and the US have all barred the company from involvement in their national 5G networks.
Her arrest has led to a major diplomatic incident, and two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – have since been taken into custody in China on charges related to “national security”.
Huawei has repeatedly denied allegations of secret ties to the Chinese government, and says it has won a quarter of all commercial 5G contracts around the world.