Simon Cheng was detained for two weeks in August on a trip to Mainland China. Beijing was obviously looking to show London's involvement in Hong Kong's troubles since June.

The World with Reuters Posted today at 12h25, updated at 13h13

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August 21, during a support action to Simon Cheng in front of the Consulate General of the United Kingdom.
August 21, during a support action to Simon Cheng in front of the Consulate General of the United Kingdom. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP

A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong said he was beaten, deprived of sleep and chained this summer by the Chinese secret police who sought to extract information about protesters mobilized since June, report the BBC and the Wall Street Journal.

Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong man who worked for nearly two years in the United Kingdom, was detained for 15 days in August on a trip to Mainland China. "I was chained, blindfolded and my face covered"said the 29-year-old at the BBC. "They were beating on the bones, on my ankles … or on any vulnerable part. "

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According to his statements to Wall Street Journalhe has been questioned several times about the role of Britain in the troubles.

"They wanted to know what the role of the United Kingdom was in the Hong Kong protests. They asked me what support, including financial and material support, was given to the protesters. "

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Simon Cheng said he gave the passwords of his phone and his accounts on social networks. He added that he had communicated the names of two members of the British consular staff who had, according to him, a military or intelligence background and gave details of certain persons involved in the demonstrations.

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Condemning China's treatment, the British Foreign Secretary spoke of acts "Tantamount to torture" and summoned the Chinese ambassador to London to express his "Outrage". "I made it clear that we want to see the Chinese authorities investigate and hold those responsible accountable", adds Dominic Raab, in the columns of Wall Street Journal.

The Chinese ambassador to London on Monday accused several foreign countries, including the United States and Britain, of interfering in China's internal affairs through their reactions to the violent clashes taking place in Hong Kong. At the time of Simon Cheng's arrest, the tabloid daily Global Timeswhich depends on Daily of the people, had mentioned a case related to prostitution.