On the heels of both Lee Bo and Gui Minhai emerging from the missing persons abyss, Chinese authorities have now seen fit to confirm their detention of the other disappeared three Causeway Bay Books owners and staff, all of whom were reportedly “involved in illegal activities on the mainland.”
On Thursday the Interpol Guangdong Liaison Office of the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department confirmed that Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping, and Lam Wing-kee are indeed with them in police custody. In a letter to Hong Kong authorities, the Guangdong police shared that “criminal compulsory measures were imposed on them and they were under investigation.” The announcement is the first evidence of the three’s whereabouts since they went missing one by one in October.
According to police, Lui, Cheung, and Lam are suspects in the DUI case of Gui Minhai, who previously “made a confession” in a CCTV report that did indeed mention investigation of “related persons.”
Meanwhile, Lee Bo is allegedly snubbing Hong Kong authorities, rejecting their request to meet. In a letter confirmed by Lee’s wife as his handwriting, he responded that he “did not need to meet with them at the moment.”
The plot has evidently thickened, but with no hint of much-needed respite to the mystery.