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25 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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UK consulate staffer returns to Hong Kong after China detention

AFP, Hong Kong
UK consulate staffer returns to Hong Kong after China detention

A British consulate employee detained in China has returned to Hong Kong, his family said yesterday, ending a two-week ordeal during which Beijing’s state media smeared him with lurid allegations.

Simon Cheng disappeared after visiting the neighbouring city of Shenzhen on August 8 and was placed in administrative detention by police, unable to contact his family or his British employers.

He was returning to Hong Kong on a high-speed train and sent messages to his girlfriend as he was about to go through customs, shortly before he was stopped by Chinese authorities. In a statement posted on the Twitter-like Weibo, Shenzhen police said Cheng was “punished with administrative detention for 15 days... for violating the law of the People’s Republic of China on public safety management.”

On Saturday Cheng’s relieved family announced his return.

“Simon has returned to Hong Kong,” his family said in a Facebook post, adding he would take “some time to rest and recover”.

Britain’s Foreign Office said “we welcome the release of Simon Cheng and are delighted that he can be reunited with his family.” “Simon and his family have requested privacy and we would be grateful if this is respected,” the department said in a statement.

 

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