The Latest: China gives ‘great importance’ to case in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) – The Latest on the espionage-related arrests in Poland (all times local):
An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw says China attaches “great importance to the detention” of a Chinese citizen in Poland who has been detained and charged with espionage and that a representative of the embassy has met with officials at Poland’s Foreign Ministry to discuss the case.
Polish state television reported Friday that the country’s Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech company Huawei in Poland and a Polish man who is one of its own former officers with spying for China. The arrests happened on Tuesday.
A spokeswoman at the Chinese Embassy told The Associated Press that embassy representatives have met with officials at Poland’s Foreign Ministry and that China urges Poland “to inform China about the situation of this case and arrange a consular visit as soon as possible.”
The spokeswoman added: “We require the Polish side to handle this case legally, fairly and properly and ensure the legal rights, interests, security and the humanitarian treatment of the Chinese citizen.”
The official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying it was the official position of the Chinese government and that it “doesn’t matter” who conveyed the comment.
The official wouldn’t comment on whether the suspect is guilty, saying “the Chinese side opposes any speculations and defaming in the absence of concrete facts.”
—By Vanessa Gera