Missing Hong Kong publisher's wife says she met him in China

HONG KONG -- The wife of a missing chief editor of a publisher specializing in books banned in mainland China has told police she has been able to visit him on the mainland, Hong Kong police said Sunday.

See Full Article

It is the latest twist in the disappearances of British citizen Lee Bo and four of his colleagues that have intensified fears that Beijing is clamping down on Hong Kong's freedom of speech. Lee has previously written that he returned voluntarily to mainland China in letters to his wife, but his supporters believe he was kidnapped and smuggled to the mainland.

Hong Kong police said in a statement Sunday that Lee's wife had told them she had met him on Saturday afternoon at a guesthouse on the mainland. She said he was healthy and in good spirits, and that he was assisting in an investigation as a witness. She gave no further details regarding the location of the meeting or the nature of the investigation.

She also handed over a letter from Lee addressed to Hong Kong police. The police statement said its content was similar to his previous letters.

The latest development raises more questions than it answers. It is still unclear where Lee and the other four men linked to Hong Kong publishing company Mighty Current and its Causeway Bay Bookshop are exactly, what the investigation involves, and whether Lee is detained or there voluntarily, as he has purportedly said in his letters.

Hong Kong police said they are continuing to investigate Lee's case and had again asked police in Guangdong province, over the mainland border, to assist in arranging a meeting with Lee.

The circumstances of Lee's case have led many to suspect Chinese security agents crossed into Hong Kong to abduct him, in breach of the "one country, two systems" principle Beijing promised to uphold after taking control of the city from Britain in 1997. According to local news reports, he was last seen at his company's warehouse on Dec. 30 and didn't have his mainland travel permit, but days after he went missing he called his wife to say he was in Guangdong.

The other four men have disappeared since October from mainland China or Thailand.

Mighty Current specialized in racy but thinly sourced titles on Chinese political intrigue and scandals and other topics Beijing deemed off limits for mainland Chinese publishers.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 9 injured in large fire atop 6-storey NYC apartment building

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- A large fire on the top floors of a six-story New York City apartment building has resulted in nine minor injuries. The fire started Friday afternoon on the Harlem building's top floor, which was engulfed in flames as thick smoke billowed. Source
  • Kushner's lawyer pushes back on Senate committee request

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- A lawyer for White House adviser Jared Kushner is pushing back after a Senate committee said Kushner had not been fully forthcoming in its probe into Russian election interference. Lawyer Abbe Lowell says Kushner encouraged others in U.S. Source
  • Trump delays policy allowing importation of elephant parts

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport. Source
  • Condition of North Korean soldier shot while escaping improves: hospital

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- The condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea is gradually improving after two surgeries but it's too early to tell whether he makes a recovery, hospital officials said Saturday. Source
  • Review board orders B.C. man who killed kids to remain in custody

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- A panel has decided against changing custodial conditions for a British Columbia man who killed his three children during a psychotic break. The B.C. Review Board released its decision on Friday, following an annual review of Allan Schoenborn's case. Source
  • 'Total victory is near': Iraqi forces recapture last ISIS-held town

    World News CBC News
    Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control, signalling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate. Rawa's capture marks the end of the extremist group's era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swaths of Iraq and Syria. Source
  • Strong earthquake jolts southwest China; no word on damage

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING - A strong earthquake has shaken China's Tibet region but there's no immediate word on damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.3 magnitude quake hit at a depth of about 10 kilometres about 58 kilometres northeast of Nyingchi. Source
  • Strong predawn earthquake jolts Tibet; no casualties

    World News CTV News
    BEIJING -- A predawn 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted a remote corner of Tibet early Saturday, with no reported casualties. The China Earthquake Administration placed the epicenter at Nyingchi in China's Tibet Autonomous Region near China's disputed border with India. Source
  • Lebanon's outgoing PM Hariri heads for France, asserts his freedom

    World News CBC News
    Lebanon's outgoing prime minister Saad al-Hariri said Friday he is on his way to the airport in Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, tweeted, "To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. Source
  • Lebanese PM Hariri leaves Riyadh for Paris, asserts his freedom

    World News CBC News
    Lebanon's outgoing prime minister Saad al-Hariri said Friday he is on his way to the airport in Saudi Arabia. Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, tweeted, "To say that I am held up in Saudi Arabia and not allowed to leave the country is a lie. Source