Ex-British consulate worker says he was tortured after arrest in China

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A former employee of the UK consulate in Hong Kong claims he was tortured by Chinese authorities, reports CNN.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, ex-UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng says he took part in the city's protests but did not break any laws.

Cheng approached protesters on Telegram and other social media as part of his job to evaluate travel alerts and protect British citizens, he says in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

He was returning from a business trip in August in Shenzhen when police arrested him on the Chinese side of the West Hong Kong Kowloon railway station.

According to Cheng, he was then handed over to State Security Bureau officials and detained in Shenzhen.

Speaking to CNN, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he summoned the Chinese Ambassador to express outrage at the brutal and disgraceful treatment of Cheng.

China responded on Wednesday with foreign minister Geng Shuang telling reporters that Cheng made a full confession and that the public security bureau "guaranteed all his rights and interests according to law."

CNN reports that Cheng is currently seeking asylum in an unnamed third country.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Cheng's involvement in Hong Kong protest
2. Arrest in Shenzhen
3. Cheng interrogated on 'tiger chair'
4. Suspension on cross
5. Stress position
6. Sleep deprivation
7. Cheng's Injuries
8. False confession

VOICEOVER (in English):

"In a Facebook post on Wednesday, ex-UK Hong Kong consulate worker Simon Cheng says he took part in the city's protests but did not break any laws."

"Cheng says he approached protesters on Telegram and other social media as part of his job to evaluate travel alerts and protect British citizens."

"He was returning from a business trip in August in Shenzhen when police arrested him on the Chinese side of the West Hong Kong Kowloon railway station."

"According to Cheng, he was then handed over to State Security Bureau officials and detained in Shenzhen."

"Cheng says he was buckled to a tiger chair and rendered immobile during his initial interrogation, which lasted for hours."

"He says officers took blood and urine samples and confiscated his glasses and cellphone."

"Cheng says he was repeatedly tortured. He says, officers would hang him on a "steep X-cross" while he was handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded. This stress position causes extreme pain."

"The interrogators forced him to perform exercises such as squatting while he was still blindfolded and restrained by cuffs and shackles."

"If he fell from exhaustion, Cheng says, the interrogators would beat him with weapons that felt like sharpened batons."

"Cheng says his captors also prevented sleep by making him stand still while under restraints for hours at a time."

"If he went under, they would force him to sing the Chinese national anthem."

"Cheng says that secret police forbade him from telling prison doctors that the bruises and wounds on his limbs were the result of torture."

"He says they stopped applying physical torture after one week, when he became too weak to walk."

"Cheng says he ultimately agreed to a filmed confession at the detention center under duress."

"He says he was released after falsely confessing to soliciting prostution and betraying the motherland."

SOURCES: Simon Cheng (Facebook), CNN, BBC
https://www.facebook.com/notes/cheng-man-kit/for-the-record-an-enemy-of-the-state/2490959950941845/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/20/asia/simon-cheng-china-torture-allegations-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50457262