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Hong Kong bookseller detained again by Chinese authorities

HONG KONG — A bookseller based in Hong Kong who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter said Monday.

Angela Gui told Radio Sweden, the English-language service of national broadcaster Sveriges Radio, that her father, Gui Minhai, was on a train with two Swedish diplomats when a group of police officers seized him.

Gui, a Chinese-born Swedish national, ran a Hong Kong publishing company specializing in gossipy tales about high-level Chinese politics when he disappeared from his Thai holiday home two years ago.

He was believed to have been spirited away by Chinese security agents to mainland China, where he later turned up in police custody.

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Four employees were also held, but they were released within months while Gui was not freed until October. Even then, his daughter told the station, he was put into a ‘‘police-managed flat’’ in the city of Ningbo, near Shanghai, and remained under surveillance.

The case reinforced rising fears that Beijing was eroding rule of law in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese city that is promised civil liberties like freedom of speech until 2047.

ASSOCIATED PRESS