Gui Minhai and his daughter Angela.
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Gui Minhai and his daughter Angela. Credit: TT/SvD/Kin Cheung/Anders Ahlgren
Freed Swede Gui Minhai, left, is featured on a placard during a protest in Hong Kong against the Chinese central government.
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Freed Swede Gui Minhai, left, is featured on a placard during a protest in Hong Kong against the Chinese central government. Credit: Kin Cheung
Gui Minhai.
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Gui Minhai. Credit: Private

China says Gui Minhai released but whereabouts unknown

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Swedish publisher Gui Minhai has been released by the Chinese authorities after more than two years in prison, according to Sweden's Foreign Ministry. But family members said he hasn't been heard from despite his release a week ago.

Minhai, a Swedish citizen originally from Hong Kong, disappeared on October 17, 2015 while on holiday in Pattaya in Thailand. The writer ran a publishing company known for publishing books critical of the Chinese government. 

Minhai's condition and exact location was still unclear as of late Tuesday morning.

"There's no information really about where he is. In a way, the situation feels worse than before, because at least previously you had a clue about where he was, and now you don't," his daugther Angela Gui told Swedish Radio. "He has basically disappeared again."

In January 2016, China's state-controlled CCTV channel broadcast an interview in which Minhai said that he had returned to China to face charges over a traffic accident. 

At the same time, Chinese media reported that he had been detained. 

His daughter has led a campaign for his release and said, in a press release on Tuesday, that saying her father was "freed" was premature.

"It is hence not clear how ”free” Gui Minhai is now, or when he will be allowed to return to Sweden and unite with his family," she wrote.

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