Huawei said Saturday it has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on spying charges.
Polish authorities announced Friday that a Huawei director and a Polish cybersecurity expert were accused of carrying out "espionage against Poland."
Following the announcement, the Chinese tech giant rushed to announce that the allegations against Wang Weijing "have no relation to the company." It said Wang was fired because the incident "brought Huawei into disrepute," a violation of his contract. Polish authorities gave no details about what the Huawei employee, identified as Weijing W., and the Pole, Piotr D., were accused of doing.
Huawei faces accusations by the United States and some other governments that it might be a security risk. Washington has imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology and is pressuring allies to avoid the company.
Huawei has denied accusations it is controlled by China's ruling Communist Party or facilitates spying.
A congressional panel said in 2012 Huawei and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. were potential security risks and told phone companies to avoid using their technology.
Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan have imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology.
U.S. officials have reportedly fanned out across Europe to urge governments and Huawei suppliers to shun the company.
Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada on U.S. charges related to possible violations on trade sanctions on Iran.
Huawei is is a leader in developing such "5G" telecom systems and the controversy over security threatens its business.