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China slams UK for 'wanton stigmatization' of its citizens

Former Royal Marine, Matthew Trickett, 37, was found dead in Grenfell Park in Maidenhead, England.

China says the United Kingdom is making false charges against Chinese citizens after the death of an alleged British “spy” working for Beijing.

Former Royal Marine Matthew Trickett, 37, who was charged by a British court with illegally collaborating with the Hong Kong government’s foreign intelligence service, was found dead in Grenfell Park in Maidenhead, England, last Sunday.

Trickett, who was out on bail, was due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Earlier this month, the UK police announced charges against three men holding British nationality—namely Trickett, Chung Biu Yuen, and Chi Leung Wai (aka Peter Wai).

Trickett appeared at a hearing along with the other two men, who were accused of monitoring, surveillance, and harassment of pro-democracy activists in the UK.

The Chinese Embassy in the UK condemned the move, describing the charges against Chinese citizens as “groundless and slanderous.”

On Saturday, China slammed the UK for “wanton stigmatization and arbitrary arrests” following the unexplained death on May 19 of the former Royal Marine commando.

China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong strongly condemned Britain for what it described as false accusations against Chinese citizens and infringing on their legal rights.

Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau urged Britain to let the public “know the truth” about Trickett’s death.

The UK says its police detectives are still investigating the “unexplained” death of Trickett in the park near where he lived.

Yuen and Wai, who are also on bail, are now scheduled to face court in February. Until then, they are banned from traveling abroad and required to sleep at their designated home addresses and report to local police every week.

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