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Beijing ‘has freed bookseller’

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This undated handout file photo provided to AFP on September 22, 2017 courtesy of Angela Gui, shows Angela Gui as a child with her father Gui Minhai. AFP/ANGELA GUI

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – China has informed Sweden that it has freed a bookseller detained for publishing books on the personal lives of President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders, the Swedish foreign office said yesterday. Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swede, was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015. He was among five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in 2015 and later appeared in mainland Chinese custody. The four others have returned to Hong Kong. “We have been told by Chinese authorities that Gui Minhai has been released in China,” foreign office spokeswoman Sofia Karlberg said. However, Mr Minhai’s family questioned if he really was free. His daughter said he was to be released last Tuesday but had made no contact with her or any other relative.

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