- Title: Germany accuses Hanoi of kidnapping oil executive in Berlin
- Date: 3rd August 2017
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS) PAN FROM STREET TO VIETNAMESE EMBASSY ENTRANCE SIGN OF EMBASSY SHOWING OPENING TIMES ENTRANCE GATE VIETNAMESE COAT OF ARMS VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF EMBASSY VARIOUS OF CARS PARKED INSIDE EMBASSY COMPOUND CARS WAITING AT TRAFFIC LIGHT AT VICTORY COLUMN VICTORY COLUMN CARS DRIVING VARIOUS OF STREET SIGN READING "TIERGARTENSTRASSE" PEOPLE CROSSING STREET WITH VICTORY COLUMN IN BACKGROUND VIEW INTO TIERGARTEN PARK WITH TELEVISION TOWER IN BACKGROUND PAN FROM STREET INTO TIERGARTEN PARK
- Embargoed: 17th August 2017 11:13
- Keywords: Trinh Xuan Thanh kidnapping accusations Vietnamese former oil executive German foreign ministry Vietnamese intelligence officer Chinese government
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SLPH6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Vietnam's government and state media were silent on Thursday (August 3), a day after Germany accused Hanoi of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive seeking asylum in Berlin in what Germany said was an "unprecedented" breach of its laws.
Berlin ordered a Vietnamese intelligence officer to leave Germany within 48 hours in response, and demanded that Trinh Xuan Thanh, a former executive at state oil company PetroVietnam, be allowed to return. He faces charges of financial mismanagement in Vietnam.
Germany's foreign ministry said it was considering further action to an "unprecedented... breach of German and international law" over the abduction of Thanh, who is accused of causing around $150 million in losses at PetroVietnam.
Thanh was not mentioned on Vietnamese government websites on Thursday and state media did not report Germany's accusations. Vietnam's government has not commented on Germany's accusation or reacted to the German statement.
Vietnam's foreign ministry did not respond immediately to a request for comment by Reuters.
Germany's accusation came after police in Vietnam said that Thanh had turned himself in on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt.
The police gave no details as to why he had decided to return home and hand himself in.
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