The plot of mystery of the missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo finally added in a touch of romance over the weekend as Lee met with his wife after nearly a month apart.
According to a statement released by Hong Kong police on Sunday, Lee saw his wife, Sophie Choi, at a guesthouse in the mainland. The meeting was kept secret from the Hong Kong government until after the fact.
Choi told police that her husband was “healthy and in good spirits” and that he was “assisting in an investigation in the capacity of a witness.” She also came back with a note purportedly written by Lee with much the same message as those he has sent in the past.
Here is a translation of the letter, provided by SCMP:
To the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region police department:
I , Lee Po, a holder of Hong Kong identity card [withheld by SCMP] have recently been reported to be missing for some time, and would like to make a clarification.
Firstly, I really appreciate the police’s concern … I have not been kidnapped and definitely have not been arrested on the mainland for [purchasing] prostitution
I have already met with my wife. Over here I am free and safe. My wife told me, after she received my phone call she did not intend to call the police. It was others that reported to the police, and incited her to report to the police. After that, she felt used and went to the police station to close the case.
I hope the Hong Kong police will not continue to waste police resources on my case, and there’s no need to continue investigating. I went to the mainland to co-operate in an investigation voluntarily. Solving a problem takes some time, it involves many of my private and company’s internal affairs, I hope all sectors of society can respect my personal privacy, and give my family and I some personal space. I earnestly request the police to protect my family, and not allow them to come under further outside harassment.
Lee is the most famous of a group of five missing shareholders and staff associated with Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Books, a shop that specializes in selling books that are banned on the mainland. Lee himself went missing on December 30th with his wife submitting a missing person report on January 1st.
It was only last week that Chinese authorities in Guangzhou followed up on that report, confirming that Lee was in fact in the mainland.
After receiving Choi’s statement, the HK police said that they wouldn’t abide by Lee’s alleged demands and will continue to investigate the case, making a new request to Guangdong police to meet with Lee to better understand what exactly is going on.
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