Sweden demands China release bookseller Gui Minhai

FILE PHOTO: Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde attends a news conference with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden’s foreign minister on Tuesday demanded Chinese authorities release Chinese-born Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, a day after he was sentenced to 10 years in jail on charges of illegally providing intelligence to foreigners.

Gui, a bookseller previously based in Hong Kong who sold books critical of China’s political leadership, was detained by mainland police in 2018.

“We have always been clear that we demand that Gui Minhai be released so that he is able to reunite with his daughter, his family and that demand remains,” Foreign Minister Ann Linde said in an interview on Swedish Radio.

“We, of course, demand immediate access to our Swedish citizen in order to give him all consular support that he is entitled to,” she said.

Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom