Petra Schlagenhauf, German lawyer of "kidnapped" Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh, tells DW that she doesn't expect a fair trial for her client in Hanoi. She also says that Thanh would never have returned to Vietnam voluntarily.
A court is hearing testimony in the case of a suspect accused of helping abduct a Vietnamese businessman in a Cold War-style kidnapping in Berlin. Experts say this is a case of all-too-common espionage.
Trinh Xuan Thanh was convicted of embezzling assets from units of Vietnam's state-owned oil company. Germany says the high-profile former oil executive was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents from a Berlin park last year.
In 2017, Vietnamese businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh was allegedly abducted in Berlin. Now on trial in Hanoi, his kidnapping has unsettled bloggers and journalists who fled Vietnam for Berlin.
Vietnamese businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh has been charged with corruption in his home country along with 22 oil executives. His alleged kidnapping in Berlin by Vietnamese security forces sparked diplomatic tensions.
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