Hong Kong Law & Crime

Bookseller ‘returns to Hong Kong’ once again as newspaper publishes ‘selfies’

Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo returned to the city once again on Monday to handle personal affairs, according to Headline Daily, part of a news corporation which has been carrying regular exclusive stories on the recent case.

 Headline Daily published two selfies of Lee Bo on its website. Photo: Headline Daily screenshot.

Headline Daily published two selfies of Lee Bo on its website. Photo: Headline Daily screenshot.

Lee, a shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, went missing in Hong Kong last December, without any official record of crossing the border with a travel document. He then showed up in China saying that he voluntarily went to the mainland to assist in an investigation regarding his bookstore’s business in China, sparking concern over whether he was abducted. He returned to Hong Kong on March 24 to cancel a missing person report filed on him, insisting he can travel across border freely. He left the city for mainland China the next day. Before leaving, Lee told reporters outside his flat that he did not wish to be interviewed again.

Inexplicable ‘selfies’ 

Lee showed up in Hong Kong again on Monday afternoon, with Headline Daily reporting that he had returned to his flat in North Point. Lee also went to North Cape Commercial Building on King’s Road for an hour, where he and his wife own a property.

“His behaviour is nothing unlike a common Hong Kong person, Lee Bo’s life is believed to be returning to calmness,” the report said.

The article also included two selfies from Lee, reportedly shot on streets of North Point. It did not explain how it obtained the photos.

A third letter from Lee Bo was printed on Sing Tao Daily on January 18.

A third letter from Lee Bo was printed on Sing Tao Daily on January 18. Photo: HKFP.

Connections

The free newspaper Headline Daily and its sister newspaper Sing Tao Daily, both under pro-Beijing Sing Tao Newspaper Group, have been regularly receiving exclusive letters, photos and at least one video from Lee Bo since his disappearance.

Four other people associated with Causeway Bay Books also went missing in October last year, all of them turning up in China afterwards, claiming they were assisting in the same investigation. Lui Por and Cheung Chi-ping, a shareholder and an employee of the bookstore’s mother company Mighty Current respectively, both returned to Hong Kong for a short while in early March, before going to mainland China again.

On March 16, Cheung spoke to a Sing Tao Daily reporter, who claimed to have “bumped into” him in Shatin, as he returned to Hong Kong for the second time.

Gui Minhai and Lam Wing-kee, the other two who went missing, remain under detention in China.

Bookseller 'returns to Hong Kong' once again as newspaper publishes 'selfies'