Former UK employee in Hong Kong ‘tortured in 15-day China ordeal’

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Simon Cheng, who worked at consulate, alleges repeated mental and physical abuse

A former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong has alleged he was tortured while being detained in China during a 15-day ordeal in which he said he was accused of being a British spy and secret agent and held in solitary confinement.

The UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, summoned the Chinese ambassador to demand an explanation after Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen who worked for the British government for two years, went public with his account of repeated physical and mental torture for the first time since his release on 24 August.

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