Previously missing Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee returned to Hong Kong from the mainland on Tuesday morning.
He met with the police and requested them to cancel his missing person case. He stated that he did not require any assistance from the Hong Kong government or the police. The police said he refused to disclose other details.
Since October last year, five booksellers from Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong went missing from Thailand, China or Hong Kong. The bookstore was known for political gossipy titles banned on the mainland.
Lam went missing from Shenzhen in October last year, before reappearing on Phoenix television revealing details of the bookstore’s methods of shipping “banned” books in disguise to customers on the mainland.
Other booksellers including Gui Minhai, Lui Por and Cheung Chi-ping also appeared on the programme confessing to their “illegal operation” on the mainland in February. Lee Bo, a British national who went missing from Hong Kong in December, appeared on a separate programme on China’s Phoenix television in the same month.
Gui also confessed to a driving offence on the mainland in which one person was killed, and which he allegedly committed 12 years ago, on state television.
The whereabouts of Swedish national Gui Minhai are still unknown. His daughter Angela Gui testified before a US congressional commission hearing on China about her father in late May.
The booksellers’ disappearances sparked multiple protests in Hong Kong, where participants voiced their fears for freedom of speech and personal freedom in the city.