Poland spy arrest: China telecoms firm Huawei sacks employee

6 2018 shows a Huawei sign outside a store selling mobile phones in Beijing.- Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world's number two smartphone maker in the

Image Chinese company Huawei has been accused of posing an espionage threat

The Orange employee, "Piotr D.", reportedly had access to a government network used for confidential communications, and was a former agent with Poland's Internal Security Agency, the ABW.

A woman uses her phone as she walks past a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, December 19, 2018.

The director of government company Safe City Malta (who is also head of the Malta Financial Services Authority) Joseph Cuschieri said discussions had to be held with the Data Protection Commissioner to explain plans for a Huawei-sponsored idea for a "safe city" linking up facial recognition CCTV cameras to identity databases.

In the latest setback for Huawei, Poland said Friday it had arrested a Chinese telecoms executive suspected of spying for China, with local media identifying him as a Huawei director.

Huawei's statement said his alleged activity had "no relation to the company". "Some European governments and telecom companies are following the United States lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government". Additionally, Poland is a key European market for the Chinese company, serving all four major network operators and controlling more than a quarter of the smartphone market.

In December, Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada over alleged breaches of USA sanctions by the company.

The US government alleges that Meng helped the company dodge sanctions on Iran.

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"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", the company's statement added.

Huawei, which is privately owned under a complex shareholding structure, was founded in 1984 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer with the People's Liberation Army who sat on the 12th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

China arrested two Canadian citizens nearly immediately after Meng's arrest-Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are accused of endangering China's national security.

Trudeau did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to diplomatic immunity, but he reiterated that Canada was operating under the rule of law, saying that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request, but was out on bail and living in her Canadian home, and that all countries need to respect the rule of law.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas. Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now.

Previous year the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.

Malta, on the other hand, has embraced Huawei with open arms, announcing in October that facial recognition technology was set to be introduced to the country using technology provided by the firm.

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