Hong Kong booksellers: One of five missing men returns home

BBC News
Date: 4 March 2016

People left messages of support on the “closed” sign of the Causeway Bay Books

A "Closed" sign and support messages hang on the door of the Causeway Bay Books store in Hong Kong, China, 05 February 2016.Image copyrightEPA Image caption
A “Closed” sign and support messages hang on the door of the Causeway Bay Books store in Hong Kong, China, 05 February 2016.Image copyrightEPA
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store following the disappearance of the booksellers

One of five missing Hong Kong booksellers thought to have been detained by Chinese authorities has returned home, Hong Kong police say.

Lui Bo and four others associated with publisher Mighty Current, which produced books critical of Chinese leaders, went missing last year.

Mr Lui, the general manager of Mighty Current, disappeared on 15 October while in Shenzhen in southern China.

All five men later surfaced in custody of Chinese police.

The men appeared on Chinese television on Sunday, with four of them, including Lui Bo, saying they had been detained for “illegal book trading”.

Public confessions have long been a part of China’s criminal law although experts say many confessions are forced.

Hong Kong police said in a statement that they met Lui Bo on Friday.

Mr Lui told Hong Kong police he did not need any assistance from them or the Hong Kong government, and asked police to cancel the missing persons case related to him, they said.

“He refused to disclose other details,” the statement added.     [FULL  STORY]

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