Huawei Technologies said on Saturday it had sacked a Chinese employee who was arrested on spying charges in Poland.
The company said “It had decided to terminate the employment of Mr. Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking Polish law. His alleged actions have no relation to the company”, as reported by Financial Times.
The company added they did this because the incident has brought Huawei into “disrepute.”
According to the Polish public television channel TVP, Huawei’s sales director and an ex-security agent were arrested on Tuesday by officers of the country’s Internal Security Agency, charged with espionage.
Poland’s minister-special services coordinator identified the two arrested men as Weijing W., a Chinese national “linked to a Chinese telecommunications company” and Piotr D., “a former public officer.” A spokesman for the minister said the full names of the men could not be published in the media under Polish law.
“The evidence gathered by the National Security Agency shows that both men carried out an espionage activity against Poland,” the spokesman said in a statement.
“As part of the ongoing investigation, the officers of the Agency have taken the following necessary investigative steps: searches in the suspects’ places of residence and evidence preservation.”
The two men could serve 10 years in prison if convicted under the espionage charges. Both men will be held for a period of three months.
Earlier, Huawei said, the company is aware of the situation.
“Huawei is aware of the situation, and we are looking into it,” the firm said in a statement. “We have no comment for the time being.”
It added: “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.”