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Hong Kong bookseller reappears, confesses to crime

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 01:33

A Hong Kong bookseller who disappeared last year and sparked fears he may have been taken by Chinese agents, has reappeared on state television. Yiming Woo reports.

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China's CCTV says Gui Minhai, a bookseller in Hong Kong, has turned himself in for a drink-driving accident that killed a student 11 years ago. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) DETAINED BOOKSELLER, GUI MINHAI, SAYING: "I am returning to China to surrender by personal choice, it has nothing to do with anyone, I also do not wish that any person or organisation, including Sweden, involves itself or interferes with my return to China." Gui is a Swedish citizen. He's one of five people who have disappeared, all of them linked to a Hong Kong bookstore that specializes in selling gossipy political books on China's ruling Communist Party leaders. The four others are still missing. Gui's disappearance from his apartment in Thailand last October sparked fears that he was taken by Chinese agents. Hong Kong residents are skeptical about his confession on state television. (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 68-YEAR-OLD RETIREE, CONNIE TAM, SAYING: "This incident took place over 10 years ago. It doesn't make sense for him to dig up his own past and do this. Why would anyone do this? This was so long ago." China has governed Hong Kong under a "one country, two systems" formula since it was returned in 1997. But these disappearances have prompted worries that mainland Chinese authorities are going against it. The Hong Kong government has said it's taking the case seriously and will continue to investigate.

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Hong Kong bookseller reappears, confesses to crime

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 01:33