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Causeway Bay bookseller to open Taiwan shop in March

2020-01-07 HKT 22:17
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  • 64-year-old Lam Wing-kee was one of five publishers selling gossip-filled books on state leaders. He vanished at the end of 2015 before resurfacing later. Photo: RTHK
    64-year-old Lam Wing-kee was one of five publishers selling gossip-filled books on state leaders. He vanished at the end of 2015 before resurfacing later. Photo: RTHK
A Causeway Bay bookseller who fled to Taiwan over fears that he would be extradited to the mainland over the extradition bill, says his new bookstore in Taipei will open in March.

Lam Wing-kee told RTHK that the bookstore won't sell best-selling titles, but mainly those that study democracy in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Lam raised nearly NT$5.8 million through crowdfunding last year.

The 64-year-old was one of five publishers selling gossip-filled books on state leaders who vanished at the end of 2015, resurfacing in mainland custody and making televised confessions.

Their disappearance - and the abduction of a billionaire from a five-star hotel by suspected mainland agents - caused widespread alarm.

Lam was the man who blew the whistle on what happened to the missing booksellers.

He was allowed back to Hong Kong in June 2016 on condition that he pick up a hard drive listing the bookstore's customers and return to the mainland.

Instead, he skipped bail and went public with explosive testimony detailing how he was blindfolded by mainland police after crossing the border at Shenzhen and spent months being interrogated.