Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua disappearanced
Feb.1, Beijing: In 2015 five Hong Kong booksellers disappeared and later resurfaced in mainland China in the hands of Chinese authorities. Now, there are concerns that Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua, who has not been seen since last week, has met a similar fate.
The first murmur came from overseas.
Mingjing News, a New York-based site that specialises in Chinese politics, reported that an unnamed Chinese billionaire had been arrested in Hong Kong and taken to mainland China last Friday evening by Chinese police and state security officials.
The next day, Hong Kong police received a request to investigate the whereabouts of the missing businessman.
Local police began their investigation and found that the subject of their enquiry had indeed re-entered mainland China on Friday, the same day he was detained.
A day later, on 29 January, however, a family member asked the police to close the case, saying the missing person had been in touch and was "safe".
By Monday, all of Hong Kong was wondering, who was the billionaire? What was his crime? Where was he? And had Chinese agents been operating on Hong Kong soil with impunity?
US-based news site Bowen Press soon named the tycoon as Xiao Jianhua, one of China's richest people, with a $6bn (£4.8bn) fortune, according to Hurun Report, a ranking of wealthy Chinese people.
Mr Xiao, who is in his mid-40s, was known to have been a student leader at the prestigious Peking University during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
His business ventures were mainly in the financial services sector.
A general view shows the Four Seasons Hotel building in Hong Kong on 1 February 2017.
The Oslo Times International News Network