A former secretary for security, Regina Ip, said on Thursday that she believes Causeway Bay bookseller, Lam Wing-kee, is safe in Hong Kong despite mainland authorities threatening action against him for allegedly skipping bail.
Lam, who had said he was kidnapped in Shenzhen and held in illegal detention for months, is accused of mailing banned books across the border.
Hong Kong police said on Wednesday that they have decided to offer him personal protection, but added that they believed there was no evidence to suggest that Lam's personal safety was at risk.
Ip, who is an Executive Councillor and New People's Party legislator, agreed with the police.
"By his own admission he was arrested on the mainland for suspected breach of mainland laws", Ip told RTHK.
"His case is no different from Hong Kong residents, Hong Kong fishermen arrested in the Philippines for trespassing [or] Hong Kong people arrested in Malaysia [or] Thailand for drug trafficking".
She added that she did not see any need to be worried.
"Anyway, he’s back in Hong Kong and he is safe", Ip added.