• HK offers protection to bookseller after China warning


    HONG KONG: Hong Kong police offered protection on Wednesday to a bookseller who was detained in China for eight months without access to a lawyer, as Beijing warned that he was violating his bail terms. Lam Wing-kee was seized after crossing the border into China and taken away blindfolded for allegedly bringing banned books into the mainland, he said last month. The 61-year-old is part of a group of staff from a Hong Kong firm that published salacious titles about leading Chinese politicians. The five mysteriously went missing late last year and later emerged in mainland China, intensifying concerns in Hong Kong about China’s increasingly tight grasp on the city.


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