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UK News UK consulate worker held in China says he was tortured

11:05  21 november  2019
11:05  21 november  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

China condemns 'attack' on Hong Kong official in London

  China condemns 'attack' on Hong Kong official in London The Chinese and Hong Kong governments have condemned an "attack" on a Hong Kong government official in London. Protesters were involved in an altercation with Hong Kong's Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng during her visit to London on Thursday.A statement from the Hong Kong government said Ms Cheng suffered "serious bodily harm", but gave no further details.Video footage of the incident shows the minister falling to the ground.Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam strongly condemned the "attack", saying the incident was brutal and transcended the bottom line of a civilised society.

Media captionSimon Cheng says he was blindfolded and beaten in China . A former employee of the UK 's Hong Kong consulate has told the BBC that he was tortured in China and accused of inciting Image caption The detention centre where Mr Cheng alleges he was held . He says he was made to

Hong Kong's justice minister has said that a worker at the British consulate who says he was tortured in Chinese custody should report the allegations.

A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory.

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Simon Cheng, whose job was promoting Chinese investment in Scotland, said in an online statement and media interviews that he was hooded, beaten, deprived of sleep and chained to an X-shaped frame by plainclothes and uniformed agents as they sought information on activists involved in the protests and the role they believed Britain played in the demonstrations.

Hong Kong: China warns UK against interfering as anti-government protests continue

  Hong Kong: China warns UK against interfering as anti-government protests continue Liu Xiaoming has accused the Government of publishing reports “making irresponsible remarks” on Hong Kong .Mr Xiaoming added that some UK politicians had planned to present an award to a “chief propagandist of Hong Kong independence” who has “instigated extreme violence”.His comments come as violence has escalated in Hong Kong after police ordered protesters to vacate a university they had occupied.District elections are due to be held in Hong Kong on Sunday, but there are fears that the violent scenes could disrupt these plans.

The man, detained in August, says he was blindfolded and beaten for his part in Hong Kong's protests. 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.

A former employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong said Wednesday that Chinese secret police tortured and interrogated him about London's Geng said that he was unaware of any statements from London on Cheng's situation, but that China expressed "strong indignation at the recent series

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab summoned the Chinese ambassador in London in protest.

“I summoned the Chinese Ambassador to express our outrage at the brutal and disgraceful treatment of Simon in violation of China’s international obligations,” Raab said in a statement. “I have made clear we expect the Chinese authorities to investigate and hold those responsible to account.”

Chinese police in August announced Mr Cheng’s release after 15 days of administrative detention but gave no details of the reasons behind his detention.

China’s foreign ministry responded angrily to the allegations and the summoning of the ambassador at a daily briefing yesterday.

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming will “by no means accept the so-called concerns or complaints raised by the British side,” said ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

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.

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

A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong has said he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police. They were trying to extract China has repeatedly criticized foreign countries, particularly the United States and the UK , for interfering in Chinese internal affairs through their

In his account on Facebook, Mr Cheng wrote that he had been asked about whether Britain was promoting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and his own involvement in them.

He wrote that while being held he was shuttled between detention and interrogation centres while hooded and handcuffed. In addition to being shackled to the frame, he wrote he was ordered to assume stress positions for “countless hours”, and was beaten with what felt like “sharpened batons” and poked in the knee if he faltered. He was also punished for dozing off during the sessions by being forced to sing the Chinese national anthem.

“I was blindfolded and hooded during the whole torture and interrogations, I sweated a lot, and felt exhausted, dizzy and suffocated,” Mr Cheng wrote.

Mr Cheng no longer works at the consulate and has fled to a third country. Mr Raab said the UK is working to support him, including a possible move to Britain.

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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