STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden said on Thursday it had replaced its ambassador to China after accusations she held an unauthorized meeting in a quest to free dissident bookseller Gui Minhai.
The Hong Kong-based, Swedish publisher of books critical of China’s communist leaders was abducted in Thailand in 2015 and later appeared in custody in mainland China.
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His daughter Angela Gui said this week she had met ambassador Anna Lindstedt and two businessmen in Stockholm in January, where she was advised to keep quiet about her father’s case while negotiations were proceeding.
Sweden’s Foreign Ministry said that was not an official meeting, and Lindstedt had now returned to Sweden with an interim envoy sent to Beijing in her place.
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“The Foreign Ministry in Stockholm did not know about these events until the end of January, after the meeting had taken place,” a spokeswoman said.
“We have started an internal investigation.”
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Gui, 54, was released from custody in October 2017, but his whereabouts were unclear until January last year when his daughter said he was seized by Chinese agents on a Beijing-bound train in the presence of two Swedish diplomats.
China later confirmed it had detained him.
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His daughter said Lindstedt had invited her to Stockholm to meet two businessmen who could help secure her father’s release.
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