February 25, 2020 / 9:11 AM / a month ago

China says all rights, interests of Gui Minhai fully guaranteed

FILE PHOTO: A pro-democracy demonstrator burns a letter next to pictures of missing staff members of a publishing house and a bookstore, including Gui Minhai, a China-born Swedish national who is the owner of Mighty Current, Cheung Jiping, the business manager of the publishing house and Causeway Bay Books shareholder Lee Bo (L-R), during a protest to call for an investigation behind their disappearance, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, China January 3, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that all rights and interests of Chinese-born Swedish citizen Gui Minhai have been fully guaranteed, after a Chinese court sentenced him to a 10-year prison term for illegally providing intelligence overseas.

Spokesman Zhao Lijian made the comments during a press briefing.

When asked whether Swedish diplomats in China have access to Gui, he said consular visits in general have been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak and that arrangements for such visits will resume after the epidemic is resolved.

Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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