Jeremy Hunt says Simon Cheng should be given full UK residency rights and British passport

The British embassy official who says he was tortured by the Chinese secret police should be given full UK residency rights and a British passport, former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

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Mr Hunt, the foreign secretary in Theresa May’s Government until July, said that he had been following the case of Simon Cheng Man-kit, who disappeared in China for more than two weeks in August. 

Mr Cheng told the Telegraph that Chinese state security locked him in an iron chair, threatened to charge him with espionage and demanded he confess that the UK government was instigating protests in Hong Kong. 

Mr Hunt said: "I hope we are going to give him a full British passport with full resident’s rights…

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