A gay man was forced to sleep on the street after being arrested in Hong Kong last year because he was suspected of being gay, his lawyer has claimed.

The lawyer, Lee Wai-hung, said his client, Joshua Wong, was charged with soliciting sex in public and was later released after a police officer offered him a lift to his home in a nearby town.

He said Wong was released from the jail after being paid $1,200 to leave the city.

Mr Wong’s legal team, who are seeking compensation from the HK Government for Wong’s detention, did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

Wong was arrested in November 2012 after being found in public with a man who claimed to be gay, but he claimed the man was a drug dealer and his sexual orientation was a “hoax”.

In his first court appearance, he denied the allegations and said he was in Hong, but police arrested him when he left his home.

He is due to face a charge of soliciting a prostitute in public in Hong’s court on January 11.

In a statement to the BBC last month, Mr Wong’s lawyers said he had been denied bail in a “politically motivated” case.

He claimed that Hong Kong was now a “permanent colony” for Hong Kong citizens and his arrest was a violation of his rights.

Mr Wai said Wong, who was born in Hongkong and is an American citizen, had been homeless in Hong Kowloon for several years before being arrested.

“I feel I have been denied my basic human rights because of what happened to me,” Mr Wai told the BBC.

“He was in jail for over a month and was then released because the police officer who offered him the lift said he could leave the premises in a few minutes.”

The reason he was released is because he is a gay man, and the police are acting in the interests of Hong Kong.

“Mr Wong has since moved to a new city in Hong Kok, and his lawyers said they hoped to take the case to the United Nations.