Slovakia may freeze ties with Vietnam over kidnapping

By On October 21, 2018

Slovakia may freeze ties with Vietnam over kidnapping

Vietnamese official Trinh Xuan Thanh is told the verdict at the end of his trial at Hanoi's People's Court on January 22. Photo: AFPVietnamese official Trinh Xuan Thanh is told the verdict at the end of his trial at Hanoi's People's Court on January 22. Photo: AFP Asia UnhedgedReal-time intel on what moves markets Slovakia may freeze ties with Vietnam over kidnapping

Hanoi allegedly used EU country to secretly transport fugitive official back home

October 22, 2018 7:44 AM (UTC+8)

Slovakia may freeze diplomatic relations with Vietnam if there is substance to the allegation that it used the EU country to covertly transport a Vietnamese oil executi ve back to Hanoi, a Slovak foreign ministry spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

“Unless we get a plausible explanation from Vietnam of how their kidnapped citizen was transported to Vietnam, our bilateral relations will be frozen,” foreign ministry spokesman Boris Gandel.

Gandel was referring to the kidnapping of Vietnamese citizen Trinh Xuan Thanh from Germany in July 2017.

Thanh, a senior Communist party functionary facing corruption charges, had been seeking political asylum in Germany.

The abducted Thanh was spirited back to Hanoi, allegedly via Slovakia, and has since been sentenced to two life terms on charges of corruption during his time as the head of state-run PetroVietnam Construction, a subsidiary of the country’s largest oil company.

â€" with reporting from Agence France-Presse

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