Poland has arrested a sales director for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei over allegations of working with Beijing's intelligence services. And Huawei has featured heavily in an obscure lawsuit that opened the first week of January in California between U.S. -based Qualcomm, a telecom company on the cutting edge of the next iteration of smartphone wireless known as 5G, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
A Huawei representative said the company was looking into the matter and declined to comment further.
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.
Huawei has been blocked in the US since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.
Britain's largest mobile provider BT said last month that it would remove Huawei equipment from its cellular network after the foreign intelligence service called the company a security risk.
Zaryn identified the Chinese businessman as Weijing W and the Polish suspect as Piotr D. If found guilty, the two face up to 10 years in prison.
Poland's Internal Security Agency accuses Huawei's sales director in Poland of spying on behalf of China, arresting the Chinese citizen along with one other man. Polish security agents searched both the offices of Huawei and Orange, seizing documents and electronic data.
New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. have barred Huawei from involvement in their next-generation 5G mobile networks.
"Both men carried out espionage activities against Poland. We have no comment for the time being".
People passing by a auto park sign of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.
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. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange. The executive was identified as a graduate of one of China's top intelligence schools, WSJ noted. Approved in 2017, the law states that Chinese "organizations and citizens shall, in accordance with the law, support, co-operate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work". She was granted bail by the Canadian supreme court in December 2018.