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UK News Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured him

11:08  20 november  2019
11:08  20 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Former U.K. Consulate Employee Says Chinese Secret Police Tortured Him

  Former U.K. Consulate Employee Says Chinese Secret Police Tortured Him Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, said he was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting the unrest in the city.In a series of interviews, Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the U.K. mission’s business-development team when he was detained, told The Wall Street Journal he also was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting the unrest.

A former employee of the UK 's Hong Kong consulate has told the BBC that he was tortured in China and accused of inciting political unrest in the city. It is deeply controversial: Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement views the presence of the Chinese police , manning the Chinese side, as an

LONDON – A former employee of the U . K .’s Hong Kong consulate said Chinese secret police beat him, deprived him of sleep and chained him as they pressed him for information about activists leading the pro-democracy protests, the Wall Street Journal reported. Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who

a group of people looking at a phone: A demonstrator holds a poster of Simon Cheng as he and others shout slogans during a protest outside the British Consulate-general office in Hong Kong © Reuters/WILLY KURNIAWAN A demonstrator holds a poster of Simon Cheng as he and others shout slogans during a protest outside the British Consulate-general office in Hong Kong

LONDON (Reuters) - A former employee of Britain’s Hong Kong consulate said Chinese secret police beat him, deprived him of sleep and chained him as they pressed him for information about activists leading the pro-democracy protests, the BBC and Wall Street Journal reported.

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie: Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester

Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for almost two years, was detained for 15 days on a trip to mainland China in August.

UK outraged at 'torture'of ex-Hong Kong consulate employee

  UK outraged at 'torture'of ex-Hong Kong consulate employee UK outraged at 'torture'of ex-Hong Kong consulate employeeSimon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British mission's business development team when he was detained, told the Wall Street Journal he was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting anti-government unrest in the city.

BEIJING — A former employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong said on Wednesday that the Chinese police tortured and beat him, deprived him of sleep and hung him in a spread-eagled pose for hours as they sought information about what they alleged was foreign interference in the protests

A former employee of the U . K .’s Hong Kong consulate , who was detained in mainland China in August, said he was tortured by Chinese secret police and pressed for information on participants in the city’s protests. Former U . K . Consulate Worker Alleges Torture by Chinese Agents.

"I was shackled, blindfolded and hooded," the 29-year-old told the BBC.

He told the Journal that he was questioned repeatedly about the role his interrogators presumed Britain was playing in fomenting the unrest.

In fear, Cheng said he disclosed the passwords for his phone and social-media accounts, named two British consular officials he thought had military and intelligence backgrounds and gave details about some people involved in the protest.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned China’s treatment of Cheng, which he said "amounts to torture". He has summoned the Chinese ambassador to express "outrage" at Cheng's treatment.

"I have made clear we expect the Chinese authorities to investigate and hold those responsible to account," Raab told the Journal.

China’s ambassador to London on Monday accused foreign countries including the United States and Britain of interfering in Chinese internal affairs through their reactions to the violent clashes taking place in Hong Kong.

The Asian financial hub, which was handed over to China by former colonial ruler Britain in 1997 but enjoys a degree of autonomy under a "one country, two systems" formula, has been plunged into chaos for almost six months.

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said Western countries were meddling in Hong Kong's affairs.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Estelle Shirbon, Robert Birsel)

Hong Kong protesters seek British support as campus blockade ends .
Activists handed a petition to a British Consulate official before leaving. Beijing denies torturing Mr Cheng and says he was held for soliciting prostitution during a business trip to mainland China in August. Mr Cheng says he agreed to confess to avoid harsher charges. He says he was hooded, beaten and chained to a metal frame as Chinese secret police sought information on activists involved in the protests and on Britain’s purported role. © Provided by PA Media Protesters outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong (Vincent Thian/AP) Mr Cheng has left the consulate and is in hiding.

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