Police say they plan to meet with Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing-kee on Saturday, after he sought their help, claiming that he was being followed, but they added that they do not believe he is in any danger.
They said Lam sought their help on Friday, claiming that a friend had told him earlier that he was being followed on Wednesday. Police said Lam also suspected he was being followed on Thursday.
James To, a member of Legislative Council’s security panel, has also said Lam appeared to be under surveillance this week.
Police said they met with Lam on Friday, but he only had time to provide preliminary information. They will hold a follow-up meeting at noon on Saturday to record a statement.
“There is no evidence to suggest that Mr Lam’s personal safety is at risk at this stage,” the police said in a statement.
To, a member of the Democratic Party, accompanied Lam to visit the police on Thursday morning in a private car, and said the pair were followed by a motorcyclist in Wanchai.
Safety concerns were behind Lam’s decision not to take part in the July 1 march.
The organiser, Civil Human Rights Front, says Lam has come under "severe threat" in the past few days. The group had originally planned for him to lead the march.
Lam returned to Hong Kong about two weeks ago after being held on the mainland for eight months. He and four other men who were also detained are linked to the Causeway Bay bookstore, which sold titles critical of central government leaders.
Lam said he had been arrested and detained by members of a "special task force" when he crossed the border into Shenzhen more than eight months ago.
He said he was held under constant guard and only allowed back to Hong Kong in order to collate a list of mainland buyers of his shop’s books.
Last updated: 2016-07-02 HKT 02:22
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