Meanwhile, some Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament and top political advisory body intend to press the central government for answers at annual meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing this month.
Mighty Current’s books on political scandals and intrigue involving China’s communist leaders are popular with mainland Chinese visitors to Hong Kong, despite their being banned on the mainland. Another of the booksellers, Lee Bo, appears to have indicated to Phoenix TV that he wishes to give up his British residency and thus British citizenship for reasons he did not make entirely clear.
The interview with Lee Bo, broadcast late on Monday, came a day after another man he worked with, Gui Minhai, purportedly confessed to illegally selling thousands of books by mail to mainland Chinese buyers.
“This way (of publishing) is not permitted by relevant Chinese authorities”, said bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen, who failed to return to Hong Kong from a holiday in Thailand in October.
Raised concerns The interviews, which ran on Sunday night, were the latest development in a saga that has raised concerns among Hong Kong politicians, activists and foreign governments who believe the arrests threaten the city’s autonomy from China and violate norms of due process. Gui resurfaced in January, making a tearful appearance on Chinese state TV to say he surrendered for fleeing the country in violation of the terms of his suspended sentence over a 12-year-old fatal drunk driving case.
Gui was the alleged mastermind of the scheme, which included wrapping the books in special covers to disguise them from customs inspectors, the report said. They were downloaded from the Internet and were pieced together from magazines”, said Lam. “They have generated lots of rumours in society and brought a bad influence …
One of the five booksellers who went missing from Hong Kong has said he will give up his right to live in the UK. “I deeply acknowledge my mistakes and am willing to be penalized”.
J5, owned by TVB, the largest television station in Hong Kong, stressed in a statement of February 23 that the region is an worldwide city and its viewers should have more choices. We had to treat Lee as a witness when we met him.
Cheung, Lui and Lam were last seen in southern mainland cities before disappearing in October.
However, Mr Gui was expected to remain in China.
Hong Kong daily, the South China Morning Post, reported on Monday that Lam Wing-kei, Lui Por and Cheung Ji-ping, of Causeway Bay Books, could be granted “bail” for “good attitude” while awaiting trial in Chinese jails.
A Phoenix Television spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment on how the broadcaster had gained access to the four men.