A Swedish bookseller whose mysterious disappearance has sparked concerns he may have already been chosen by Chinese agents said he’d turned himself in to the authorities for a drink driving accident that resulted in a death 11 years ago. Gui Minhai, who vanished from his apartment in Thailand last October, voluntarily returned to China to reply a conviction from 2004 for killing a student, state media said on Sunday.”I am returning to concede by personal choice, it really has nothing to do with anyone,” Gui, looking distraught, said in a China Central Television (CCTV) air. “It is your own duty that I ought to endure.”
The disappearances, and China’s silence, have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may use shadowy tactics that erode the “one nation, two systems” formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997.
Recently, state media has publicised a string of what is presented as confessions made by high-profile suspects. Critics say these reports deprive the accused of the right to a reasonable trial.
Before this month, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said it’d increased Gui’s case using the Chinese ambassador to Stockholm.
Gui’s daughter Angela, who is located in Britain, told Reuters she believed the Swedish authorities were doing everything they could to assist together with the case. It was impossible to make contact with Gui and it remains unclear whether he’s a lawyer.