A former employee of the British Consulate who had bene detained in China in 2019 has said that he has cut his ties with his relatives and family in Hong Kong as well as the mainland so that they are not harassed.
The case of Simon Cheng had triggered a major row between United Kingdom and China at the time when their relations had already been strained duet to the massive protests of pro-democracy which have wrecked Hong Kong for a long time.
Cheng has said that he hopes that they are able to live in peace and tranquility without being harassed externally and threats.
He further said that whatever he does or says is solely a representation of himself and is not relevant to his relatives and family. Cheng did not elaborate about the word harassment and has not since then commented on what he said.
In the month of August in 2019, Cheng who is a citizen of Hong Kong had disappeared while he was on a trip to the city of Shenzhen.
Cheng has said that he was interrogated and tortured by the secret police of China while he had been detained there for a period of 15 days.
Since he had left his job, Cheng has been living in self-exile and further has been campaigning for democracy in Hong Kong in Britain.
In the month of November, Cheng has said that while he was detained, he had been beaten, shackled and forced to stay awake and stand by the secret police of China who had interrogated him about the role Britain was playing in unrest that was going on in Hong Kong.