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Search Results Detail for 'Gui Minhai'
 
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2016-00090   Ethnic Group:
Detention Status: DET   Sex: M
Issue Category: spch/info   Age at Detention: 51
Main Name: Gui Minhai   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 桂民海 Occupation: publishing, books
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen): 桂敏海   Affiliation: Mighty Current Media
Additional Name(s): Michael Gui, Ah Hai, 阿海   Residence Province: [foreign]
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: (na)
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Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2015/10/dd
Current Prison: Ningbo (general location)
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Zhejiang Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Ningbo Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): (na)
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Short Summary
According to ICPC (1 March 16), HRW (10 February 16), RFA (6 November 15), the Guardian (8 December 15), and NYT (4 January 16), on or around October 17, 2015, Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, co-owner of Hong Kong's Mighty Current Media, which sold books critical of Chinese leaders, disappeared from his home in Thailand. Three co-workers—Lui Bo, Cheung Chi-ping, and Lam Wing-kei—went missing that month in Guangdong province. State TV (CCTV, 17 January 16) aired a confession by Gui, saying he turned himself in after fleeing China in 2004 while serving a suspended sentence. State-funded media (28 February 16) reported that the four were under investigation for “illegal business activity” related to shipping books to China. On February 28 the four confessed on Chinese TV to illegally importing books. In February 2016 Gui's colleague Lee Bo, a British citizen who disappeared in Hong Kong on December 30, said he was aiding Gui’s investigation in China. In October 2017, authorities released Gui from custody, but kept him in China. In January 2018, police seized Gui as he traveled to Beijing municipality with Swedish diplomats for a medical exam (22 January 18). State media (GT, 10 February 18) wrote that police suspected Gui of involvement "in activities that jeopardize national security."