Bookseller Lee Bo returned to Hong Kong through the Lok Ma Chau border point using his Hong Kong identity card on Thursday afternoon, according to police. Lee requested that his missing person report be canceled after meeting with immigration and police officers.
A police statement said that, since Lee “did not provide thorough information about his last departure,” no arrest was made. Lee did not provide any other information and left “on his own,” it added.
Last week, Ming Pao reported that Lee may return to Hong Kong by the end of the month. Two other booksellers recently returned to the city, though police say they are still following up with mainland authorities on the status of Lam Wing-kee, who remains officially missing.
Lee was “interviewed” by Chinese media outlet Phoenix TV in February, in which he said that he “smuggled” himself into the mainland to help with investigations. He also said that he did not want anyone to make a fuss about his case.
Five booksellers connected with Causeway Bay Books and Mighty Current publishing, which specialises in Chinese political gossip titles, all went missing late last year, only to resurface in the mainland later.