Germany expels 2nd Vietnamese diplomat over ‘Cold War-style’ abduction

FILE PHOTO: The seal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hangs on the wall at SEC headquarters in Washington, DC, U.S. on June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
Germany said on Friday it had ordered a second Vietnamese embassy official to leave the country, after the alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman who had applied for asylum and was facing corruption allegations back home.

Germany last month accused Vietnam’s intelligence agency of kidnapping Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is wanted in the southeast Asian country on charges of financial mismanagement that caused losses of around $150 million.

Vietnam last month denied the accusations and said Thanh had returned home voluntarily.

German officials informed the Vietnamese ambassador on Thursday that it was temporarily suspending the strategic relationship between the two countries.

Czech authorities have arrested and extradited to Germany a Vietnamese intelligence agent suspected of involvement.