Vietnam has said it regretted to learn about accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, adding further investigations are underway.
Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson
Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson, reiterated at a press briefing on Thursday that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt.
"Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said at the briefing.
Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh.
Former PetroVietnam Construction (PVC) chairman, Trinh Xuan Thanh was prosecuted against charge of "embezzlement of assets”. Earlier last September, the MPS issued an international wanted notice for Trinh Xuan Thanh, former PVC leader and former official of southern Hau Giang province for his irresponsibility and negligence in the leadership and management of PVC's operation.