- Title: Vietnam's kidnapping of businessman reminiscent of Cold War movies-Germany
- Date: 4th August 2017
- Summary: WOLFSBURG, GERMANY (AUGUST 4, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF BUILDING VARIOUS OF SIGMAR GABRIEL, GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, IN MEETING VARIOUS OF SLOVAK FOREIGN MINISTER MIROSLAV LAJCAK AND GABRIEL SIGNING DECLARATION OF INTENT OF GOOD COOPERATION CAMERA CREWS MORE OF SIGNING CEREMONY BEFORE BOTH MINISTER GET UP AND EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SIGMAR GABRIEL, SAYING: "We didn't beg him to leave but rather we demanded that he leave because we strongly believe he is a person who was involved in kidnapping. There is nothing to contradict this assumption, but rather everything supports this assumption that he, with the help of the Vietnamese secret service and using his residence in the Vietnamese embassy in Germany, abducted a person who had asked for asylum. He was taken out of Germany using methods which we believe one sees in thriller films about the Cold War. And this is something that we cannot accept." REPORTERS SEATED SIDE SHOT OF GABRIEL SPEAKING
- Embargoed: 18th August 2017 12:40
- Keywords: Vietnam Berlin Trinh Xuan Thanh Gabriel kidnapping
- Location: WOLFSBURG, GERMANY
- City: WOLFSBURG, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SQQBT3
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- Story Text: Germany asked a Vietnamese intelligence officer at the embassy in Berlin to leave the country as it believes he was involved in the kidnapping of a former oil executive accused of financial mismanagement back home, the foreign minister said on Friday (August 4).
"We didn't beg him to leave but rather we demanded that he leave because we strongly believe he is a person who was involved in kidnapping," German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said after talks in Wolfsburg with Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak.
Gabriel said Trinh Xuan Thanh, who Vietnam says had voluntarily returned home, "was taken out of Germany using methods which we believe one sees in thriller films about the Cold War. And this is something that we cannot accept."
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