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Hong Kong Bookseller Who Vanished in Thailand Held in China

  • Gui Minhai confesses in video broadcast on state television
  • Lee Bo sends letter to his wife, distances himself from Gui
Police walk past missing person notices of Gui Minhai, left, one of five missing booksellers from the Mighty Current publishing house. Photographer: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Police walk past missing person notices of Gui Minhai, left, one of five missing booksellers from the Mighty Current publishing house. Photographer: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

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Gui Minhai, one of the five missing men linked to a Hong Kong store that sells books critical of China’s Communist Party elite, is in custody on the mainland after surrendering to police over a fatal traffic accident that occurred more than a decade ago, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Gui was wanted in China after being convicted of killing a college student in a drunk driving accident in 2004 and he turned himself into the police in October, Xinhua reported. He was convicted for his role in the accident and initially given a two-year suspended sentence, but the suspension was revoked in 2006, Xinhua said. Gui made a confession broadcast on state-controlled television network CCTV.