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China releases video of UK consulate worker's confession

  • Published at 01:18 am November 22nd, 2019
Simon Cheng
Simon Cheng, a staff member of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong, who was reported missing by local media after visiting the city of Shenzhen Reuters

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 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.

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 secret police while he was detained in the southern mainland city of Shenzhen for 15 days in August.

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."

Shenzhen police yesterday posted a video on the Twitter-like Weibo platform purporting to show Cheng entering and leaving a room in a "clubhouse" multiple times.

AFP could not immediately verify the video, which also contained separate footage in which Cheng is asked why he does not want police to tell his family about his detention.