European Union MPs call on Xi Jinping to release Gui Minhai

Chinese state media attacks Guardian and Financial Times as politicians demand freedom of Swedish-national bookseller

Dozens of EU politicians have written to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai. A Communist party newspaper, meanwhile, has slammed international media scrutiny of the scandal as the work of arrogant rumour-mongers.

Gui was seized from a Beijing-bound bullet train last month. It was the latest twist in an increasingly knotty two-year mystery surrounding the Hong Kong-based publisher who dealt in raunchy, thinly sourced tomes on China’s political elite.

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