EU envoy urges China to release Swedish book publisher
Beijing: The European Union's ambassador to China urged Beijing on Wednesday to "immediately" release dissident publisher Gui Minhai after the Swedish citizen was snatched for a second time while accompanied by Swedish diplomats.
"We expect the Chinese authorities to immediately release Mr. Gui Minhai from detention and allow him to reunite with his family, to get consular support and to get medical support," said Hans Dietmar Schweisgut at a press conference, adding: "He's a Swedish citizen and a citizen of the EU."
One of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for salacious titles about the lives of China's political elite, 53-year-old Gui first went missing in 2015 while on vacation in Thailand before resurfacing at an undisclosed location in China.
Chinese authorities said they had released Gui in October, but it was unclear to what extent he was a free man after serving a jail sentence over "a traffic incident".