A Chinese court has sentenced Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years in jail 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.
“We have not had access to the trial,” said Ann Linde in a tweet. “[We] demand that Gui be released and that we have access to our citizens to provide consular support.”
Zhao Lijian added that Mr Gui’s “rights and interests… [had] been fully guaranteed”.
Many people complained that it was a forced confession and the investigation was ongoing.
China later released a video interview featuring Mr Gui. In it, he accused Sweden of “sensationalizing” his case. It is not uncommon for Chinese criminal suspects to appear in “confessional” videos.