The Hong Kong police said on Wednesday that they have decided to offer Causeway Bay bookseller Lam Wing-kee personal protection.
Lam himself had revealed this arrangement to RTHK earlier. Lam also told RTHK that he may flee to Taiwan if his personal safety comes under such severe threat that he has to live under constant police guard.
A police statement issued in the evening said that there is no evidence at this stage to suggest that Lam's personal safety is at risk. But in view of his worries, the police have decided to provide him personal protection. It said Lam agreed that he would contact police after discussing it with his friends.
In an interview published in the Ming Pao newspaper on Wednesday, Lam had said police refused to provide him protection despite telling them that he is being followed by some people.
The Secretary for Security, Lai Tung-kwok, had said in the morning that police looked into Lam’s claims and found that a car that had been tailing him belonged to a media organisation.
Lam told RTHK that he believes the police have made the about-turn after mainland authorities threatened to take unspecified action against him if he does not return as was instructed.
He said the details about his security have yet to be discussed, but he believes officers will watch over him from a distance instead of escorting him everywhere around the clock.
Lam, who disappeared last year and returned to Hong Kong last month, had claimed that he was kidnapped while on the mainland and then detained in a dingy room in Ningbo for weeks.
But on Tuesday, officials in Beijing showed a visiting Hong Kong government delegation a video that seemed to show Lam was treated well during his detention.
Lam called on the mainland authorities to release all the video recordings made during his detention.
He said this will show how he was being instructed to make confessions, and how someone who claimed to be a special security agent banged the table in anger during a questioning session.
Last updated: 2016-07-06 HKT 19:41