China urges fair, lawful treatment of citizen after Poland arrested Huawei employee for espionage

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/13 15:18:39

Poland claims man was involved in espionage, company fires him

China's Embassy in Poland has urged the country to deal with the arrest of a Huawei employee fairly and lawfully and said it opposes any unfounded accusations that are not based on facts.

The remarks come after media reports on Friday saying Poland has arrested a Huawei employee for allegedly conducting espionage.

The embassy said Saturday that it will keep an eye on the incident and protect the legitimate rights of Chinese citizens. It also asked the Polish foreign ministry to arrange a consular visit as soon as possible. 

Huawei has decided to terminate the employment of Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking Polish law, the company said in a statement on Saturday.

"Huawei has decided to terminate the employment of Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking Polish law. His alleged actions have no relation to the company," according to the statement sent to the Global Times on Saturday. 

Huawei further explained that in accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei's labor contract, the company has made the decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute.

Reuters reported that the country's Internal Security Agency detained a Chinese citizen and a former Polish security official on January 8 over spying allegation, citing Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for the Polish security services. The two men have heard charges and will be held for three months. 

Sources showed that Wang is a sales manager of Huawei in Poland.

Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and the company requires every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based, the statement added.

The arrest comes after a high profile case of the detention of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada at a US request on December 1. She was later released on bail and is scheduled to reappear in court on February 6.

The latest incident also comes amid widening scrutiny from Western countries of the tech company, claiming that it poses a national security risk. But Huawei has repeatedly denied this.

Global Times 

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