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UK News Simon Cheng: UK consulate worker in Hong Kong claims he was tortured for 15 days by Chinese authorities

19:05  20 november  2019
19:05  20 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A former British government consulate worker said he was "handcuffed and shacked" and beaten with "sharpened batons" by the Chinese government.

Simon Cheng, who went missing in August after going on a business trip to the mainland city of Shenzhen, claims he was sleep deprived, shackled and beaten by Chinese officials to force information about activists leading pro-democracy protests.

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The Hong Kong citizen, who worked for the British government for almost two years, said he was tortured while detained for 15 days as he returned from a trip to mainland China in August.

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Doing a spread-eagled pose for 'hours after hours'

In an 8,000 word description of his experiences on Facebook, Mr Cheng shared a nightmare of repeated physical abuse, threats and questioning about Britain's alleged meddling in the protests.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Simon Cheng said: "I was hung (handcuffed and shackled) on a steep X-Cross doing a spread-eagled pose for hours after hours.

"Sometimes, they ordered me to do the 'stress tests', which includes extreme strength exercise such as 'squat' and 'chair pose' for countless hours. They beat me every time I failed to do so using something like sharpened batons."

Mr Cheng was asked to account for the civil unrest in Hong Kong (Photo: Getty Images)

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At one point in the interrogation by secret police, he claimed was given a bizarre lecture about astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, whose unpopularity in the 16th Century was used to justify the argument that China was not ready for democracy.

Mr Cheng was accused of being a British spy and questioned at length about protest leaders and their links to the London School of Economics. Eventually, it was proposed, he should work for the Chinese "motherland".

"I was suspected of being a mastermind and British proxy to incite and organise the protests in Hong Kong," Cheng said.

Britain said Cheng's treatment amounted to torture and summoned China's ambassador to express outrage, but China did not immediately comment on Mr Cheng.

Raab responds

Britain said Mr Cheng had been treated disgracefully.

"Simon Cheng was a valued member of our team. We were shocked and appalled by the mistreatment he suffered while in Chinese detention, which amounts to torture," said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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.

"I summoned the Chinese Ambassador to express our outrage at the brutal and disgraceful treatment of Simon in violation of China’s international obligations," he added.

Mr Cheng, who said he supported the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, said he would not seek judicial redress as he had no faith in the Chinese legal system.

Hong Kong's justice secretary said she had no opinion on the torture accusation and Cheng should report the matter to the Chinese authorities.

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng speaks during a news conference at the Chinese Embassy (Photo: REUTERS/Simon Dawson)

"I prefer to hold my opinion until I have the opportunity to collect and analyse any information that I might have," said Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng in an announcement at the UK Chinese Consulate.

'We need concrete action'

As daily protests erupt across Hong Kong, activists and politicians are calling on the British government to take a stand and support Mr Cheng and the Hong Kong people.

Meanwhile, China's ambassador to the UK has warned the Government against interfering in Hong Kong's affairs as the stand-off between anti-government protesters and police continues.

Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured him

  Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured him Former UK consulate employee says Chinese secret police tortured himSimon 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.

Lord Alton, Vice Chair of the Westminster Friends of Hong Kong, said: "The details of what Mr Cheng says happened to him are heartbreaking and extraordinary: a kidnapping and a forced confession obtained by brutal torture. This demands a far stronger response from the British Government than a quiet word with the Chinese Ambassador.

"Surely it is now time for the Foreign Secretary to declare that the Sino-British Joint Declaration is being violated by Beijing, and that China is in breach of international law. The UK Government must match the resolve that US lawmakers showed last night and begin immediately preparing targeted sanctions, while offering asylum to those seeking to escape the iron grip of dictatorship like Simon Cheng. That is the least we can do."

A spokesperson for Stand with Hong Kong, a pro-democracy group, said: “We’re struggling to understand if the UK Government has a red line in regards to Hong Kong. Despite overt and deteriorating transgressions by China against “one country, two systems”, the Government seems bogged down in technicalities and unable to respond to another breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

"Is this the best the UK Government can do when its own consular staff are tortured? Simon has a British National (Overseas) passport, which further highlights the lack of protection such a class of nationality offers. We need concrete action like British citizenship rights to support those suffering under the yolk of Beijing’s torture apparatus.”

Additional reporting by Reuters

Who is Simon Cheng - and why was he ‘tortured’ by China? .
British consulate worker ‘fired’ from UK government following detainment by BeijingSimon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the UK government for two years, this week told the BBC that he was detained for 15 days and forced to falsely confess to inciting political unrest in the China-controlled territory.

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