China hands 10-year prison term to HK bookseller Gui Minhai

February 25, 2020 15:41
A file picture shows people in Hong Kong staging a protest over the detention of some Hong Kong booksellers by mainland authorities. Photo: Reuters

Chinese court has sentenced Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swedish citizen who ran a publishing house in Hong Kong, to 10 years in jail on charges of providing intelligence overseas.

The Ningbo Intermediate People's Court said in a statement that Gui, 55, had stated that he would not appeal the sentence and had asked to have his Chinese citizenship reinstated, Reuters reports.

Gui, who sold books critical of China’s political leadership, was detained by mainland police in 2018. He was seized by plainclothes police while with Swedish diplomats.

Gui is among five booksellers who disappeared between October and December 2015, all linked to a Hong Kong bookshop famous for its gossipy texts on Chinese political leaders.

The Swedish national was initially abducted in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya before surfacing, like the others, in detention in mainland China.

Three of his colleagues were detained in mainland China while another was widely thought to have been abducted in Hong Kong and spirited across the border. Gui is the only one to have remained in detention.

His daughter Angela, along with other supporters, has repeatedly called for his release, saying he is a victim of illegal political persecution.

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