The EU criticised China on Tuesday (25 February) over the jailing of a Swedish book publisher, saying his rights were not respected.
Gui Minhai, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about China’s political leaders, was jailed for 10 years on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad.
“There are serious questions to be answered about this case. His rights, including inter alia to consular access and due process, have not been respected,” a spokesperson for the EU said in a statement.
“The European Union has raised Gui Minhai’s case with the Chinese authorities on numerous occasions, both in private and publicly, including at the highest level, and will continue to do so.”
Gui was snatched by authorities while on a train to Beijing in February 2018, and a foreign ministry spokesman said that since Beijing does not recognise dual citizenship, he was dealt with as a Chinese citizen.
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said Stockholm continues to call for Gui’s release and “demand access to our citizen to give him the consular support he has the right to”.
Sweden summons Chinese ambassador to demand release of Gui Minhai https://t.co/zEaMz3tiOA
— Benedict Rogers (@benedictrogers) February 25, 2020
The EU statement said the bloc supports Sweden in the case and expects Beijing to cooperate.