On Friday, sources told Reuters that Poland arrested a Huawei employee and former Polish security official on spying allegations, a move that could fuel Western concerns about the security of the company's technology.
This is the second arrest in two months of an executive at Huawei. In addition, TVP Info says, Internal Security Agency officers searched Huawei's headquarters in Poland, along with an Orange office where Piotr D. worked.
"We must now verify the activities aimed against the country and this case is far from closed", Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for Poland's secret services chief, told TVPInfo. NPR also notes that Huawei has the biggest market share in Poland's cellphone market, with about a third.
After Huawei has recently had to contend with major political problems in America, the Chinese company is now also coming under pressure in Europe.
Poland said on Friday it had arrested a Chinese telecoms executive suspected of spying for China, with local media identifying him as a Huawei director.
He said their apartments and workplaces were searched, adding that the Polish suspect had worked "for several state institutions".
An official says Poland's Internal Security Agency has arrested a Chinese businessman and a Pole on suspicion of espionage.
TVP said the men have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to give testimony in the case.
A conviction could come with a 10-year prison sentence. Under Polish law, their last names can not be published ahead of trial.More news: Led coalition says Syria troop withdrawal has begun
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The company said it was aware of the situation and was looking into it.
But Poland's spying allegations against a Huawei employee add fuel to cybersecurity concerns from the United States and other Western countries. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.
It's the latest high-profile criminal case for Huawei, coming after Canada's arrest of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the telecom equipment company's founder.
A year ago, the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and the director of national intelligence all warned USA citizens not to use Huawei products.
Huawei had a presence at CES, but one of its employees was arrested in Poland while the show was going on.
Its media-shy founder, Ren Zhengfei, is also a former engineer in China's army and joined the Communist Party in 1978. A spokesperson for Orange Polska told NPR that the company was cooperating with authorities.
Bradley's departure from the company's comes in the wake of increased scrutiny levied against the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer, particularly in regards to the company's connection with the government of the People's Republic of China and concerns about espionage. China warned of "grave consequences" following the initial arrest, and detained two Canadian citizens on Chinese soil soon after the threat.
The arrest might not have a big impact on broader trade tensions between China and the USA, but it shows that "there will always be competition and acrimony related to Chinese tech companies", Benner said.