Simon Cheng: Former UK consulate worker says he was tortured in China

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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.

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.

“I was shackled, blindfolded and hooded,” the 29-year-old tells me.

UK government sources say they believe his claims – of being beaten and forced to sign confessions – are credible.

Following our interview, the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has summoned the Chinese ambassador.