Huawei fires top executive charged with espionage

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Polish state television TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that.

If found guilty, both the men which were accused of espionage could face prison sentences of up to 10 years.

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish cyber business specialist on allegations of spying.

Authorities also arrested a former Polish government official on similar charges. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies. "A separate issue is that of threats in the telecommunications industry".

The Polish suspect, named only as "Piotr D", had access to sensitive information including to an internal government communication system for the secret transmission of information to top officials, according to TVP Info.

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

Huawei has been iced out of bidding on massive contracts for American, British, and Australian communications infrastructure like upcoming 5G networks.

The company also sponsors the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto International Film Festival and program segments on Sportsnet's Hockey Central.

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"We are saddened to see him leave but grateful for the tireless work he has put in to help us grow our brand and public image, and build various relationships with government", Huawei Canada president Eric Li said in a memo to staff obtained by Reuters.

The Chinese company in its statement said that Wang's "alleged actions have no relation to the company".

"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 statement pointed out.

Chinese tech giant Huawei is at the centre of several diplomatic rows, most spurred by concerns over security. Her arrest highlighted US accusations that Huawei broke sanctions against Iran, but the USA has also been pushing to try to curtail Huawei's influence, warning about the company's possible ties to Chinese intelligence and calling on countries to exclude the company as they build new 5G networks.

The Polish citizen previously held director-level positions in the country's law-enforcement agencies, said Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland's security coordination office.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom announced a deal with Huawei for its future 5G network in Poland, but hasn't said what it will do in Germany itself.

In December, Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada over alleged breaches of United States sanctions by the company. Meng was released on bail four weeks ago and is living under restrictions in her million-dollar Vancouver home.

Chan reported from London.

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