British man accused of espionage, Matthew Trickett, reportedly acted as security for Education Secretary Choi Yuk-lin in the U.K.

Matthew Trickett (far right) and Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin (third from right).

22nd May 2024 – (London) A former British soldier, Matthew Trickett, who had retired to take up a role as a security consultant, was found deceased last Sunday in a London park, under circumstances that remain unclear. Trickett had been implicated in a case concerning the application of the Chinese National Security Law to staff members of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London.

In January, Trickett appeared at several events alongside Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin during her visit to the U.K. for the BETT Show, a major educational technology exhibition. Photos and videos from the event show Trickett, dressed in a black suit, wearing an event badge, and positioned near or behind Choi in group photographs, suggesting his role as part of the security detail.

Trickett’s presence at these events has drawn scrutiny following his untimely death, especially given his proximity to key figures from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. Also appearing in the photographs was Bill Yuen, the office’s Administrative Manager and a co-defendant in the National Security Law case, who was seen dining with Choi and other delegates at a Chinese restaurant in London.

The involvement of Gilford Law Sun-on, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, was also noted as he attended several functions with Choi during the same period.