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Hong Kong publisher kidnapped in Thailand and returned to China!

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The naturalized Swedish citizen and Hong Kong publisher Ah-Hai (Gui Minhai) who has been missing for two weeks may have been kidnapped by the Chinese Communist Party in Thailand. Altogether four people (including Gui Minhai) were abducted. Lü Bo and two other unidentified publishing house staff members of Ah-Hai’s were picked up in Shenzhen.

Ah-Hai’s wife told a friend that she received a phone call from Ah-Hai; she said that Ah-Hai is safe.

Photo: Gui Minhai (right) giving a speech in LA 2011

Earlier news from Thailand and Hong Kong suggested that Ah-Hai had been kidnapped. The source that confirmed this required anonymity to avoid the CCP silencing the whistleblower or charging him with espionage.

Ah-Hai has an apartment in Pattaya, Thailand. It’s surmised that this is where he was abducted. If he’s been taken back to China, it’s expected he’ll be charged with the crime of espionage and sentenced.

Boxun reported this news on Thursday November 5, 2015.

Gui Minghai (Ah-Hai) graduated from Beijing University and went to study abroad in Germany. Then he became a citizen of Sweden. In recent years he founded a publishing house in Hong Kong, specializing in publishing political books. He also co-founded a book distribution company with some others, and last year acquired the Causeway Bay Bookstore. Ah-Hai’s books are distributed at newsstands throughout Hong Kong.

Over the years Ah Hai has published political books in Hong Kong exposing corruption and high-level infighting in the Communist Party as a selling point. Some of the books have entered China via domestic tourists.

This is the Chinese Communist Party’s second big cross-border political kidnapping in recent years. The most famous recent one was of political dissident Wang Bingzhang. The Thai government kidnapped little-known dissident Wang Yiming, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

An important date for the Hong Kong publishing industry is October 2013. Hong Kong Morning Bell Press Editor-in-Chief Yao Wentian was arrested in Shenzhen. He was convicted on the trumped-up criminal charge of smuggling chemicals, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. On May 30, 2013 “Xinwei” and “Lianpu” magazine publisher Wang Jianmin was arrested by the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau. All sorts of signs indicate that Beijing is initiating a harsh, multi-faceted crackdown on Hong Kong publishers.

According to reports, Chinese Communist Party security organs recently published a book slandering the overseas pro-democracy movement. Special mention was made of Gui Minhai.

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