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China releases video of UK consulate worker’s confession



Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen

Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, said on Wednesday he was shackled to a steel ‘tiger chair,’ hung spread-eagled on a ‘steep X-Cross’ and beaten by the secret police.

Chinese police on Wednesday published a video purporting to show a former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong confessing to soliciting prostitutes after Britain backed his allegation that he was tortured over pro-democracy protests.

The case has added to tensions between Beijing and London over the demonstrations that have roiled the former British colony for months.

Authorities in China have released what they say is a confession by detained former British consular employee Simon Cheng, who earlier this week claimed he was tortured by police in August.

Cheng, a 28-year-old Hong Kong citizen who was detained for 15 days while on a trip to mainland China earlier this year, claimed in a Facebook statement Wednesday that he was beaten, blindfolded, deprived of sleep, chained spread-eagled and forced to hold stress positions for hours at a time.

Cheng said in a statement on Facebook that police had accused him of being a British spy and questioned him about London’s role in protests that have wracked the semi-autonomous city for months.

Cheng said he felt he had no choice but to make a filmed confession to “soliciting prostitution,” a charge that he said was offered by police as an alternative to “indefinite criminal detention,” and that he had not been allowed to contact his family.

He added in the statement that he had “got a massage for relaxation after work hours.”

In allegations that could inflame the protesters in Hong Kong and reinforce fears of many in the city, Cheng claimed that Chinese police told him “batches of Hong Kong protesters” had been “caught, delivered and detained in mainland China.”

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab appeared to endorse many of Cheng’s claims Wednesday, saying in a statement that his “mistreatment” while in detention “amounts to torture.”

It is deeply controversial: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement views the presence of the Chinese police, manning the Chinese side, as an unwelcome extension of Chinese authority.

It was here they stopped Simon Cheng, returning from his business trip.

He was put on a train, transported back to Shenzhen and handed over, he says, to three plainclothes officers from China’s National Security Police.

Raising his arms above his head Mr. Cheng shows me how he was hung up from the chain linking the handcuffs on his wrists.

The questions focused on his involvement in the protests with the aim, he says, of forcing him to confess to fomenting unrest on behalf of the British state.


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