Politicians are accusing Chinese agents of illegally interfering in Hong Kong to apprehend a bookseller critical of Beijing—the fifth to have vanished in recent months. A missing person report for Lee Bo, a 65-year-old shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, was filed on Thursday, just a few months after four of his associates disappeared in China or Thailand, per the BBC. All of the missing were involved in publishing or selling literature critical of China, reports Reuters. But some say their disappearances are tied to a book purporting to detail the marital affairs of President Xi Jinping. The book is believed to have been commissioned and perhaps written by Swedish national Gui Minhai, the owner of the publishing house that owns Causeway Bay Books, who was last heard from on Oct. 15.
"I can tell you I am really afraid," says Lee's wife, Choi Ka-ping, adding her husband appeared to call her from the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen after his disappearance. "He asked me not to make a fuss. That he would get himself out of the situation somehow. He was not able to say more about his circumstances." She added Lee's return home permit was still at the couple's home. Late Monday, Hong Kong police said Choi canceled Lee's missing person report after a letter apparently written by him surfaced. "I have made (my) own way back to the mainland in order to cooperate with the investigation," it reads, per NBC News. "It might take a bit of time. My current situation is very well. All is normal." Hong Kong's leader says it would be "unacceptable" if Chinese agents kidnapped Lee, but there is "no indication" that that is the case.