Xiaomi dismisses the head of the Africa arm for the violation of any of the Chinese decency, law

FILE PHOTO: Xiaomi logos are seen during a press conference in Hong Kong, China, 23 June, 2018. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp confirmed Friday that it had dismissed the head of the Africa department for the violation of Chinese law with respect to indecent public behaviour.

According to an internal letter of 23 May and widely spread online, the company dismissed vice-president Wang Lingming for the violation of Article 44 of China public security law.

Xiaomi confirmed the accuracy of the letter, which also says Wang was detained for 5 days by the public security organs, but the Chinese company refused to comment further.

Reuters could not immediately reach Wang for comment.

Article 44 of China public security law reads: “those Who are guilty to an obscenity against another person or deliberately expose his body in a public space should be held for a period of not less than five days and less than ten days”.

Xiaomi appointed Wang as head of the newly created Africa unit in January. Later started a collaboration with e-commerce platform Jumia to distribute its phones in Africa, where it faces steep competition from Samsung, Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen Transsion Holdings.

Xiaomi is the world’s fourth largest smartphone vendor, according to research firm IDC, and has been expanding abroad aggressively as China, the smartphone market contracts.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by with the ipad has Himani

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