China’s ambassador to the UK has been summoned to the Overseas Workplace after three individuals have been charged with spying for Hong Kong.

The Overseas Workplace stated it was “unequivocal in setting out that the current sample of behaviour directed by China in opposition to the UK together with cyber-attacks, stories of espionage hyperlinks and the issuing of bounties shouldn’t be acceptable”.

A spokesman stated the ambassador, Zheng Zeguang, was summoned on instruction from Overseas Secretary Lord Cameron after the lads have been charged beneath the Nationwide Safety Act with helping Hong Kong’s intelligence service and international interference.

Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, 38, Matthew Trickett, 37, and Chung Biu Yuen, 63, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket on Monday.

It’s alleged that between 20 December 2023 and a couple of Could, Yuen, Wai and Trickett agreed to undertake info gathering, surveillance and acts of deception that have been more likely to help a international intelligence service.

Additionally it is alleged that they pressured entry right into a UK residential handle on 1 Could.

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A custody van arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court, central London, where three men are appearing charged under the National Security Act of assisting a foreign intelligence service in Hong Kong. Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, 38, of Staines-upon-Thames, Matthew Trickett, 37, of Maidenhead, and Chung Biu Yuen, 63, of Hackney, have each been charged with assisting a foreign intelligence service, contrary to section 3(1) and (9) of the National Security Act 2023. They have also each been char
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A custody van arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket, central London, the place three males are showing charged beneath the Nationwide Safety Act of helping a international intelligence service in Hong Kong. Chi Leung (Peter) Wai, 38, of Staines-upo

The Chinese language embassy in London on Monday denied all of the allegations, strongly condemned the UK’s “unwarranted accusation” and stated the UK has staged a “sequence of accusations in opposition to China”, with the accusations about Chinese language spies and cyber assaults “groundless and slanderous”.

“It should be careworn that Hong Kong has lengthy returned to China. Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong. The UK has no proper and is in no place to level fingers at and meddle in Hong Kong affairs,” it added.

Through the temporary listening to in courtroom, the three males have been granted bail and informed they may seem on the Previous Bailey on 24 Could.

District Choose Louisa Cieciora stated they have to abide by circumstances together with a 10pm to 5am curfew, reporting weekly to their native police station, not travelling internationally and informing police of units used to entry the web.

Trickett, Yuen and Wai have been charged following an investigation led by officers from the Met’s counter-terrorism command by which 11 individuals in whole have been detained.

Eight males and a lady have been arrested by officers on 1 Could within the Yorkshire space, earlier than a person was arrested in London and one other man was arrested within the Yorkshire space the next day, the power stated.

The seven males and one girl who weren’t charged have been launched from custody on or earlier than 10 Could.

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