Hong Kong (CNN)An employee of the British consulate who has been missing for almost two weeks has been detained in mainland China, the country’s ministry of foreign affairs confirmed Wednesday. Simon Cheng, a 28-year-old who works as a trade and investment officer for the British Consulate General Hong Kong, has been put in administrative detention for 15 days, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday. “The person is not a British citizen. He is a Hong Kong citizen, so he is a Chinese citizen and this is a purely Chinese internal affair,” Geng said. Cheng has been detained for violating China’s Security Administration Punishment Law, which covers a range of offenses deemed too minor to be crimes. The law is often used as a preliminary measure that allows police to investigate a suspect before deciding whether to prosecute. According to Cheng’s girlfriend Annie Li, Cheng traveled from Hong Kong to the border city of Shenzhen on the morning of August 8 in his capacity as a trade officer. Cheng works for the consulate’s Scottish Development International, which promotes trade and investment between Scotland and other countries, and he is often required to travel to mainland China for… Read full this story
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