Huawei sacks Polish worker arrested over claims of spying

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This is the latest in a long line of legal woes and worldwide security concerns surrounding the Chinese-owned communications company, even as Prime Minister Joseph Muscat insists on pushing forward with a deal with the company for Malta.

Seeking to distance itself from the incident, Huawei said in a statement it had sacked Wang Weijing, whose "alleged actions have no relation to the company".

Huawei has fired a sales director in Poland following his arrest on espionage charges. This would seem to back up US accusations that Huawei has working closely with Chinese intelligence.

Huawei is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe.

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.

He added that the investigation "had been going on for a while, and had been handled with great care".

European Union spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic refused to "speculate" when asked on Friday if there were any concerns about Chinese retaliation. "We look forward to a just conclusion to this matter".

According to Wang's former acquaintances, he is well-known in local business circles and was highly active in events.

The broadcaster said the man also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk.

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Orange Polska spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski said "ABW officials carried out items belonging to one of our employees on Tuesday".

"We have no information as to whether this is at all related to his work duties".

In December, Canadian authorities arrested a top Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, at the behest of United States authorities as part of an investigation into alleged violations of U.S. trade sanctions.

The offices of both Huawei and Orange Polska have been searched by Poland's Internal Security Agency.

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

The two Huawei arrests follows Huawei being blocked from involvement in the 5G rollouts in a string of western nations, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, while intelligence services in Britain and Canada have also announced reviews into Huawei.

"It's not a good sign when companies have to open their systems for some kind of secret services", he said.

Scott Bradley, Canadian vice-president of corporate affairs for Huawei, is pictured outside a bail hearing for Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

He and a Chinese citizen who is a manager for the Chinese tech firm Huawei in Poland were arrested Tuesday and have been charged with spying for China.

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