Vietnam's government has insisted former oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh has turned himself in to police in Hanoi. It comes a day after Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping the businessman off the street in Berlin on July 23, 2017.
Day work in a German agency while moonlighting for Vietnam's Communist Party? Such is the alleged double-life of the suspended worker who may have helped Vietnamese spies abduct businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh in Berlin.
Germany has told a second employee of the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin to leave the country after the alleged kidnapping of Trinh Xuan Thanh. Vietnam maintains the former oil executive voluntarily returned home.
Trinh Xuan Thanh has turned up in Hanoi after reportedly being kidnapped off the street in Berlin by Vietnamese secret services. Vietnam insists he returned of his own free will.
German federal prosecutors have taken control of an investigation into whether Vietnam conducted illegal espionage in Berlin. The probe relates to the alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman-turned-asylum seeker.
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