OCCRP reported in October 2021 that Huawei had paid former Serbian state telecom executive, Igor Jecl, more than $1 million through an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands. The investigation into the Pandora Papers revealed several well-remunerated contracts between Huawei and Jecl. For instance, in 2014 the Chinese tech giant agreed to pay Jecl 359,000 euros (over $493,000) to organize meetings between Huawei executives and Serbian telecom officials. At least in part thanks to these connections, in 2016, Huawei received a contract to overhaul Serbian telecommunication infrastructure. Through this and other projects, Huawei’s relationships and influence in Serbia have grown. Huawei is now working with Serbian police to install 1,000 high-tech facial-recognition cameras across Belgrade for the so-called “Safe Cities” project.
Huawei used offshore company to fund introduction to Serbian officials