China - Ching Cheong thanks his supporters, says he considered suicide while held

    MONTREAL, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong
today said he considered suicide while imprisoned in mainland China. "When I
was formally arrested and the prison gate was slammed on me, my heart was
broken," Ching told a news conference in Hong Kong. "I did not know why my
destiny had led me into prison. All the virtues I held dear betrayed me. The
more I thought about it, the more I lost my confidence. I plunged into a
horrible, downward spiral of despair and thought about committing suicide.
That was the lowest point of my life. I was alive but was also dying."
    Denying the spying charges on which he was jailed, Ching said: "I hereby
solemnly declare, I have never done anything that endangers national security
or harms my country's interests." Declining to comment further on the case
while still on parole, he thanked all those who supported him during the
nearly three years he spent in prison.

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