Missing Hong Kong publisher confirmed to be in China
Jan 19, Beijing: Chinese police have confirmed that a chief editor of a Hong Kong publisher of books critical of the Communist Party who disappeared from the city in late December is in China mainland, ending weeks of silence about his whereabouts.
According to media reports, Lee Bo, a British citizen, is one of five men linked to Hong Kong publishing company Mighty Current and its Causeway Bay bookshop who have gone missing in recent months. The cases have gripped the semiautonomous Chinese city and sparked fears Beijing is clamping down on the city's freedom of speech.
Hong Kong police said in a brief statement on late Monday that they received notice from Guangdong province's public security department that Lee was "understood" to be in the mainland.
Lee's case in particular raised alarm bells because it raised suspicions that Chinese security agents crossed into Hong Kong to abduct him.
According to local news reports, he was last seen at his company's warehouse and did not have his travel permit for mainland China with him, but days after he went missing he called his wife to say he was in Shenzhen, the city next to Hong Kong.
The news came a day after another of the five missing men, Swedish national Gui Minhai, was shown on state TV tearfully confessing that he turned himself in to mainland authorities over a hit and run accident that he was involved in a decade ago. However, human rights activists said they suspected Gui was forced to make the confession, AP news report said.
The Oslo Times