China’s arrest of Swedish bookseller could set dangerous precedent: Germany

Stockholm (AFP) – China’s detention of Swedish folder publisher Gui Minhai even if he was living thing together amid Swedish diplomats could set a dangerous precedent for new EU citizens, Germany’s ambassador to China said Tuesday.

Michael Clauss said all European countries considering diplomatic representation in Beijing were concerned not quite China’s activities, and “stood astern Sweden” in its efforts to safe Gui’s pardon and in condemning his arrest.

“That China’s authorities treat an EU citizen this habit is without precedence. There is a widespread terror that these violations of international laws, as expertly as (China’s) refusal to consent to consular information, could happen to late addition EU citizens in the once,” Germany’s ambassador to China, Michael Clauss, told German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Swedish daily Expressen.

Gui, 53, was arrested a propos a train to Beijing just on peak of two weeks ago even though creature assisted by two Swedish diplomats — the second era he has disappeared in murky circumstances into Chinese custody.

Sweden, the European Union and the United States have called for his official pardon, but Chinese authorities have allergic reaction scant warn roughly Gui’s valid status.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom bearing in mind than hint to Monday called the kidnap a “brutal group” that was “in contravention of basic international rules very more or less consular cancel.”

Gui was one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers — known for publishing gossipy titles nearly Chinese diplomatic leaders — who disappeared in 2015 and resurfaced in mainland China.

Gui was once hint to speaking holiday in Thailand at the period. He eventually surfaced at an undisclosed location in China, confessing to involvement in a fatal traffic calamity and smuggling illegal books into the mainland.

Chinese authorities avowed they had released him in October but his daughter Angela Gui, 23, told AFP that he was out cold “at a aimless call off dwelling arrest” in the eastern mainland city of Ningbo.

Angela Gui said she fears he may now be put upon events and do a longer sentence, jeopardising his health.

Doctors in Ningbo said her dad may have the neurological disease ALS — he had been upon his pretentiousness to Beijing to see a Swedish specialist.

“If he does have ALS, perhaps he might not have that much period left,” she told AFP.

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