25 March 2019
Lee Po says it's good to be back in Hong Kong and living life 'the normal way'. Photo:
Lee Po says it's good to be back in Hong Kong and living life 'the normal way'. Photo:

Lee Po returns to HK and claims life is back to normal

Lee Po, the Causeway Bay Books co-owner who China says is “assisting in an investigation” in the mainland, has returned to Hong Kong again after a one-day trip to the city last week.

Headline Daily reported that Lee was seen walking outside near his home in North Point on Tuesday and acting like any regular citizen.

His activities that day included a visit to a bank, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Lee took a selfie to post on his Facebook page and exclaimed that “it’s so pleasing to live life the normal way with total freedom and no disturbance from anyone”.

Lee is believed to have come back to Hong Kong from the mainland on Monday at around 4:30 pm. He went to a commercial building in North Point at about 5:30 pm and headed home afterwards.

He was seen stepping out of his home at around 10 am on Tuesday and was greeted by neighbors. Then he went to a Hang Seng Bank branch at City Garden estate, before going to a commercial building for a short while.

Lee then took a walk in North Point for about 30 minutes.

He looked perfectly normal and at ease, the Headline Daily report said, noting that Lee even took out his smartphone for a selfie.

Lee posted the selfie on Facebook and noted that “it was good to be back home”.

“I went back to the office, took a walk, did some banking, and bought some snacks at a supermarket. What a good day!”

Lee said he was “thankful to everyone who cared about him and his family”.

Lee initially returned to Hong Kong on March 24, after going missing for 84 days. During the trip last week, he is said to have told Hong Kong police to drop the missing-person investigation on him. 

On March 25, he left home in the morning and was taken back to the mainland in a private car, under the company of a man wearing a pair of sunglasses.

Lee and four of his associates disappeared in recent months, fueling suspicion that they had been picked up by mainland security officials in connection with the political titles they were selling at their book store.

Political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-shiu described Lee’s posting of a selfie as an attempt to tell the public that he is free.

However, the public relations stunt may have the opposite effect, as people will worry that Lee was not acting on his free will, Lau told Ming Pao Daily News.

The public is still sympathetic toward Lee, but he risks losing support if he does not offer an explanation on how he initially went missing from Hong Kong, Lau added.

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