Hong Kong Bookseller Gui Minhai Bags 10 Years Jail-Term
A Hong Kong bookseller, Mr. Gui Minhai has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by a Chinese court has sentenced for “illegally providing intelligence overseas”.
Mr. Gui, who holds Swedish citizenship, has been in and out of Chinese detention since 2015 when he went missing during a holiday in Thailand.
He is known to have previously published books on the personal lives of Chinese Communist Party members.
In delivering its verdict, the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court said Mr. Gui’s Chinese citizenship had been reinstated in 2018 and that China does not recognise dual citizenship.
Sweden’s foreign minister has called for Mr. Gui’s release, referring to him as a “citizen”.
The human rights group, Amnesty International also called for Mr. Gui to be released immediately, saying the charges were “completely unsubstantiated”.
Mr. Gui was one of five owners of a small bookstore in Hong Kong who went missing in 2015 but it later emerged that they had been taken to China.
Four were later freed, but Mr. Gui remained in Chinese detention.