All but one have confessed to taking part in the “illegal book trade” in an interview recorded in mainland China
The bizarre story of five booksellers Hong Kong a new chapter sum missing Sunday when four of them appeared on a local television channel to confirm for the first time Haban been arrested for “illegal trade in books” in mainland China.
These five men, including there a british national and another Swedish , were employees of a publishing house and bookstore specializing in the production and sales volumes on the personal life of Chinese leaders texts whose distribution is banned in the Asian country.
Indeed, many argue that his detention was mainly motivated by his intention to publish a new volume about Chinese President Xi Jinping , and loving relationships , although this has never been confirmed at all.
this Sunday, the four workers disappeared in October the year past at different times and circumstances ( Gui Minhai, Lui by Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee ) reappeared in an emission of channel Phoenix TV , based in Hong Kong, to give details of their alleged offenses.
During the four minutes that dur to the report, previously recorded in mainland China , all confessed participating in sale of these unauthorized books in China through an Internet platform and have avoided customs inspections to bring about 4,000 volumes to 380 customers since October 2014.
“I have thought deeply about what I’ve done and I deeply regret the illegal trade in books I’ve done with Gui Minhai”, declared to camera Lui.
Gui also was identified by his other two companions as mastermind of these operations , and himself recognized that had altered some covers or sent books in nylon bags blocking examining X-rays in customs controls. In addition, they admitted having opened a bank account in China to receive payments from the neighboring territory.
Meanwhile, Lam Asegur that the content of the books was totally “made “ and did not conform to reality. “I came down from internet and put out magazines. have generated a lot of rumors in society and have had a bad influence ” recognized.
According Verge the TV channel quoting police sources Lam Lui and Cheung Habran shown “good attitude” during his captivity , so you may be allowed back to their homes in Hong Kong in the next few days while waiting for the celebration of the trial.
However, does not seem to Gui will face the same fate , and is expected remain locked in China. In January, this Swedish citizen already appeared in another TV channel to say that had voluntarily returned to China and had surrendered to the authorities by death of a young in a car accident in which conduca under the influence of alcohol makes more than 10 years.
These pblicas confessions very common in the lack of Mao estn living in recent months a renewed boom, especially in sensitive cases and relevant content. However, the vast majority believe that arrestees not Actan freely and are forced to make under pressure authorities.
The bookseller only one who did not appear yesterday screen was Lee Bo , which is Evaporator in late December Hong Kong under mysterious circumstances more later reappear on the other side of the border telling his wife that He had gone willingly .
His case untied all alarms in the former british colony , whose population was endangering the “a country two systems” governing your life since you turned on domino Chinese in 1997. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest the disappearance of this man and authorities of several countries expressed their concern for this event, although China has always defended the legality of its actions and urged anyone to interfere in their affairs.
Indeed, the police of Hong Kong reported Monday that have been able to meet with Lee in an area undisclosed mainland China and have been able to take statement. According to the police statement, Lee said that was all on his own and was not kidnapped , but has refused to disclose more details.
In addition, it has remained faithful to its history -and repeated by letter or phone in previas- occasions that is “free and safe” and that is China assisting in an investigation involving one of his colleagues, Gui Minhai. After asking the agents once again his case is closed , they comunic that did not need help from the Government of Hong Kong and return home when the investigation is concluded.