Polish trial begins in Chinese espionage case related to Huawei

Warsaw — A spy trial involving a former Polish secret service agent and a former Huawei employee was held in Warsaw on Tuesday as some European countries are considering excluding Chinese group equipment from 5G communications networks. It will start in court.

In January 2019, Poland arrested two men on suspicion of spying on China, intensifying international debate about the potential security risks of using Huawei equipment in telecommunications networks.

Huawei has repeatedly denied that its equipment could be used for espionage by Beijing authorities, but the United States is urging countries to ban it. In Europe, so far only the UK and Sweden have done so.

Polish prosecutors, under the guise of Mr. Wang Wei, 39, an executive of Huawei, have spy on China for over seven years to strengthen the company’s ability to influence the Polish government and “manage the nation …” Allows you to … “The court document shows.

The court closed the case on Tuesday at the request of the prosecution. Prosecutor Anna Karlinska told the court that this was necessary to protect the methods used in Polish counterintelligence.

The king, who has been detained since his arrest, has also been charged with recruiting former Polish intelligence agents and has informed him of how to affect the country’s rescue and public safety services wireless networks, prosecutors said.

Polish defendant Piotr D., who was released on bail six months later and worked for many years at the top level of the government, has been accused of “providing himself as a source of information” about the administration.

They have denied any misconduct.

According to prosecutors, cybersecurity experts who have asked for their surnames to be kept private under privacy rules will allow intruders to access sensitive information sent over fiber optic communications networks created by the Warsaw Military University. Informed the king of a surveillance system to prevent.

Wang’s lawyer, Bartolomie Jankowski, said the prosecution had no evidence of espionage by his client.

“There is no evidence of illegal activity,” he told Reuters.

Huawei, who dismissed the king after his arrest but helped pay legal fees, told Reuters last month that the company’s activities “follow the highest levels of transparency and legal and regulatory compliance.”

Jankowski told Reuters that he plans to file a complaint against Poland in the European Court of Human Rights within the next few days.

US relations

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration praises Poland’s arrest, and former Vice President Mike Pence guarantees in 2019 that the telecommunications sector is “not violated in a way that threatens national security.” Said that it demonstrated its commitment.

At that time, Warsaw was trying to persuade the United States to increase its military presence in Poland, fearing that Russia’s claims had grown stronger.

Last year, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government proposed a bill that could effectively exclude Huawei from building 5G networks, but the proposal has not yet been discussed in parliament.

European mobile operators are smart due to lack of political transparency as to whether they need to agree to US demands to eliminate major equipment suppliers Huawei and other Chinese vendors. For a long time, he was reluctant to invest in 5G networks that could support factories and self-driving cars. ..

Huawei said the exclusion from 5G would cost the Polish economy about 44 billion zloty ($ 12 billion), meaning that 5G deployment would be delayed by several years.

It has challenged the ban on its equipment on Sweden’s 5G network and is awaiting a district court ruling.

The Romanian government also approved a bill in April banning China and Huawei from participating in the development of 5G networks, which requires the approval of the Senate, which is considered a rubber stamp.

By Alicja Ptak and Justyna Pawlak

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