Hong Kong bookseller calls detention a blatant policy breach

HONG KONG (AP) — One of the five Hong Kong booksellers whose disappearances sparked international concern says he spent months locked in a small room on the Chinese mainland as authorities tried to learn more about his publishing company’s authors and customers.

Lam Wing-Kee’s comments Thursday evening at a packed news conference offered the first detailed account of what happened to the men, who were associated with a publisher of gossipy books on China’s communist leadership that are banned on the mainland.

Lam went missing eight months ago after crossing into the mainland. He returned to Hong Kong on Tuesday and asked that police cancel a missing persons case for him.

He said that the disappearances were a blatant violation of the “one country, two systems” that governs Beijing’s relationship with Hong Kong.