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Lee Bo’s wife (pictured) explaining today why she believed the fax was authentic. Photo: Sam Tsang

NewWife of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo says his note had his ‘real handwriting’ as lawmaker alleges he fled with associates to seek prostitutes

‘That’s why I withdrew the request for police help’, she says, claiming it’s evidence that he’s not being held against his will

Choi Ka-ping, the wife of Lee Bo, one of the missing booksellers, said she believed the alleged faxed letter from her husband saying he returned to the mainland of his own accord to be real as it is has his “real handwriting”.

“I believe he wrote the letter out of his own free will so that’s why I withdrew the request for police help,” explained Choi as she returned to her apartment on Tuesday afternoon.

Choi added that she had not heard from her husband on Tuesday.

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She also did not comment on allegations today at a Legislative Council meeting by lawmaker Ng Leung-sing that Lee Bo, along with his four associates, had surreptitiously crossed the border to the mainland to seek out prostitutes.

Pro-government lawmaker Ng Leung-sing said a friend of his had sent him a message which alleged the five missing booksellers were caught by mainland officers while having fun with prostitutes.

The missing Lee Bo. Photo: Sam Tsang

The finance-sector lawmaker even alleged that mainland officers recorded video as “evidence”. Ng claimed that Lee Bo’s wife Choi Ka-ping withdrew the request for police help because she received the evidence.

His remarks sparked a storm of criticism, with Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho saying Ng was framing Lee.