Australian anti-China activist Drew Pavlou arrested after sending fake email to Chinese Embassy in UK


An Australian student activist is facing seven years in prison after claiming a bomb threat was sent from a fake email address under his name to a Chinese embassy in the UK.

Drew Pavlou, 22, had organized a “small peaceful demonstration” for human rights on Thursday and displayed the Uighur flag outside the Chinese embassy in London.

Mr. Pavlou is a vocal critic of the way China and the communist nation treat Tibet, Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims.

He was later arrested by British police and held for the next 23 hours where his phone was seized and he claims he was denied access to a lawyer.

Mr Pavlou was told by officers that they had received reports from the Chinese Embassy that he had sent an email threatening to bomb her.

He strongly denied the allegation saying he never sent the email and was framed.

An Australian student activist faces seven years in prison after claiming a bomb threat was sent from a fake email address under his name to a Chinese embassy in the UK (pictured, Drew Pavlou)

Drew Pavlou, 22, had organized a

Drew Pavlou, 22, had staged a ‘small peaceful protest’ for human rights and displayed the Uyghur flag outside the Chinese Embassy in London (pictured) on Thursday

Mr Pavlou was told by officers that they had received reports from the Chinese Embassy that he had sent an email threatening to bomb him (pictured, Mr Pavlou detailed the arrest on Twitter)

Mr Pavlou was told by officers that they had received reports from the Chinese Embassy that he had sent an email threatening to bomb him (pictured, Mr Pavlou detailed the arrest on Twitter)

“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me in my life,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Why would I waste my life, my career, my future prospects, the chance to go home to see my family, my loved ones, my dogs, my girlfriend, to write such a crazy email?

“Why would someone sign their name for a bomb threat – someone with no history of violence?”

Mr Pavlou claims that the Chinese Embassy passed the email to the police and that it was sent from a fake account with the address [email protected]

“I’ve never had such an email address in my life,” he said. “This is clearly a fake email designed to look like my real email address.”

Mr Pavlou said the police informed him of the contents of the email while in custody.

“It’s Drew Pavlou, you have until noon to stop the Uyghur genocide or I’ll blow up the embassy with a bomb, respect Drew,” the email reportedly read.

Mr Pavlou was released from police custody but was told he was not allowed to leave the country while they investigated the case.

Mr Pavlou was told by officers that they had received reports from the Chinese Embassy that he had sent an email threatening to bomb him

Mr Pavlou was told by officers that they had received reports from the Chinese Embassy that he had sent an email threatening to bomb him

Mr Pavlou is an outspoken critic of China and the communist nation's treatment of Tibet, Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims.

Mr Pavlou is an outspoken critic of China and the communist nation’s treatment of Tibet, Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims.

“They gave me back my passport but ‘strongly recommended’ not to leave the country, saying I could be arrested at an airport for trying to leave,” he said.

“I have to go to the police station on August 14 to decide my fate, not to mention I have absolutely no money or means to stay in the UK on my own.”

Mr Pavlou said his friend was also being investigated for conspiracy and his laptop and phone were confiscated.

He said he had been couchsurfing for the past few days and was worried he would be homeless for the next few weeks as he had no money.

Mr Pavlou said he was originally flown to the UK by human rights group Free Tibet so he could demonstrate at Wimbledon.

He was sent off in the men’s final after shouting “Where is Peng Shuai?” in the middle of a point on July 10.

Mr Pavlou said he was originally flown to the UK by human rights group Free Tibet so he could demonstrate at Wimbledon.

Mr Pavlou said he was originally flown to the UK by human rights group Free Tibet so he could demonstrate at Wimbledon.

Mr Pavlou said he had planned to leave the UK on Sunday - but decided to stage a peaceful protest outside the Chinese Embassy days before.

Mr Pavlou said he had planned to leave the UK on Sunday – but decided to stage a peaceful protest outside the Chinese Embassy days before.

Peng Shuai is a Chinese tennis player who in November 2021 denounced having been sexually assaulted by a high-ranking member of the Communist Party.

She then disappeared for several months and has since been seen only in highly orchestrated television segments for state media.

Mr Pavlou said he had planned to leave the UK on Sunday – but decided to stage a peaceful protest outside the Chinese Embassy days before.

His mother Vanessa said she was extremely worried for her son and dismissed claims he sent a bomb threat.

“He was never violent, that’s 100% inaccurate,” she said.

‘It’s just ridiculous. It is simply not true. He wouldn’t be able to do such a thing.

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