June 16, 2016 / 12:18 PM / in a year

Hong Kong bookseller says associate 'abducted' by China authorities

HONG KONG (Reuters) - One of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing under mysterious circumstances last year said on Thursday he had been detained for more than eight months by Chinese authorities and that another of the five had been abducted from Hong Kong.

Causeway Bay Books employee Lam Wing-kee, after returning back from mainland China, attends a news conference in Hong Kong June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Lam Wing-kee told a news conference his colleague, Lee Bo, who went missing from Hong Kong, had been abducted and said “cross-border enforcement actions” by mainland Chinese authorities in Hong Kong were “not acceptable”.

The five booksellers, linked to the shop Causeway Bay Books, went missing from late last year. All of them later surfaced in China in police custody.

Chinese authorities have declined to clarify key details of the disappearances but said law enforcement officials would never do anything illegal.

Reporting by Clare Baldwin, James Pomfret and Stella Tsang

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