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China confirms Gui in detention

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China confirmed yesterday it has detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him from a train last month. “Gui Minhai broke Chinese law and has already been subjected to criminal coercive measures in accordance with the law by relevant Chinese authorities,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. The term “coercive measures” generally refers to detention in China. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement on Monday Mr Gui’s detention was a “very serious matter” and that China’s “brutal” intervention in Sweden’s attempts to assist Mr Gui represented a contravention of international rules on consular support and demanded his release.

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