A former British consulate employee who was detained and allegedly tortured in China over Britain's role in Hong Kong anti-government protests has cut ties with his family to avoid them being harassed and threatened, the man has revealed.
Simon Cheng Man-kit's case triggered a diplomatic row between London and Beijing at a time when relations were already strained by the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that have wracked the former British colony for months.
'I hope they can live in tranquility and peace, without external harassment and threat,' the 29-year-old man said in a statement posted on his Facebook page Thursday night.
'What I do and say solely represents myself, it is not relevant to my family and relatives,' added Cheng, who worked at the consulate in Hong Kong until late 2019 and is currently in exile.
Simon Cheng, a Hong Kong citizen, told BBC that he was shackled to a steel 'tiger chair', hung spread-eagled on a 'steep X-Cross' and beaten while being detained by police in Shenzhen
Cheng was held for 15 days by mainland Chinese police who said he had solicited prostitutes
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