Hong Kong bookseller disappearances

Missing Hong Kong bookseller’s daughter told it is ‘not safe’ to travel to Asia

Angela Gui, daughter of Gui Minhai, a Swedish national who was detained on the mainland, claims Swedish police advise she may not be allowed into China

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 September, 2016, 9:56am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 September, 2016, 11:17am

The daughter of one of five missing Hong Kong booksellers who were found detained on the mainland has said she has been told it is not safe to travel to Asia.

Angela Gui, 22, who is studying in Britain, said she has not been in touch with her family in China since her father Gui Minhai, a Swedish national, disappeared from his home in Pattaya, Thailand in October last year, before resurfacing on the mainland and making confessions on state TV.

Gui, 51, was one of five booksellers operating in the city whose disappearances sparked widespread speculation that they had been abducted by mainland agents acting illegally.

Gui’s daughter told British newspaper The Guardian that Swedish police advised her not to travel to Asia.

“[This] is very difficult for me,” she told the paper. “I am concerned not only for myself but for my family. I may not be allowed into China if I tried to visit. I have not been in touch with my family in Asia since this happened because of concerns for their safety.”

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Gui said she had been given information by the Swedish embassy in Beijing, who last saw her father in March. She said she believed her father was held without charge in his hometown of Ningbo.

Gui said she would like the Swedish authorities to be more proactive in securing her father’s release. She said she planned to launch a website campaigning for her father’s release soon.

Three of Gui Minhai’s colleagues – Lam Wing-kee, Cheung Chi-ping and Lui Por – went missing on the mainland in October last year, while another, Lee Po, disappeared from Hong Kong. The four have all either been released on the mainland or returned to Hong Kong.

One of them, Lam Wing-kee, spoke out in June about being abducted by mainland authorities and detained on the mainland.