Govt ex­presses ‘pity’ over Ger­many’s ac­cu­sa­tion

New Straits Times - - World -

HANOI: Viet­nam’s for­eign min­istry on Thursday ex­pressed “great pity” over a Ger­many state­ment ac­cus­ing Viet­nam of kid­nap­ping a for­mer oil ex­ec­u­tive, and said Hanoi wants to de­velop a “strate­gic re­la­tion­ship” with Ber­lin.

Ger­many’s for­eign min­istry on Wed­nes­day ac­cused Viet­nam of kid­nap­ping Trinh Xuan Thanh, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at state oil com­pany PetroViet­nam, who faces charges of fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment in Viet­nam.

Viet­namese po­lice on Mon­day said Thanh had turned him­self in that day af­ter a 10-month in­ter­na­tional man­hunt.

“I feel great pity about the state­ment on Aug 2 by the Ger­man For­eign Min­istry spokesman,” Viet­namese For­eign Min­istry’s spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang said here.

“Viet­nam re­spects and wants to de­velop strate­gic part­ner­ship with Ger­many.”

Prior to the min­istry’s state­ment, the gov­ern­ment and state me­dia went silent yes­ter­day, a day af­ter Ger­many’s ac­cu­sa­tion.

Ger­many’s For­eign

Min­istry said it was con­sid­er­ing ac­tion to an “un­prece­dented... breach of Ger­man and in­ter­na­tional law” over the ab­duc­tion of

Thanh, who is ac­cused of caus­ing around US$150 mil­lion (RM642 mil­lion) in losses at PetroViet­nam.

Thanh was not men­tioned on Viet­namese gov­ern­ment web­sites yes­ter­day and state me­dia did not re­port Ger­many’s ac­cu­sa­tions.

Thanh, 51, was a for­mer high flyer at PetroViet­nam Con­struc­tion JSC, part of PetroViet­nam. He came to pub­lic at­ten­tion last year when he was found to have a Lexus with a gov­ern­ment li­cence plate, caus­ing an out­cry in a coun­try where of­fi­cials are ex­pected to live mod­estly.

That prompted the head of the Com­mu­nist Party to or­der an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his ca­reer and how he had been given pro­mo­tions de­spite the al­leged losses at the com­pany.

Thanh took sick leave last year and went abroad, van­ish­ing from the pub­lic eye un­til now. Ger­many’s Sued­deutsche news­pa­per re­ported he had re­quested asy­lum af­ter his ar­rival in Ger­many and had been due to ap­pear at a hear­ing about the re­quest on July 24. Reuters

Trinh Xuan Thanh

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