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Vietnam-Germany relations sour over intrigue in Berlin

Alleged 'Cold War-style' abduction may doom trade deal with EU

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Former PetroVietnam Construction Chairman appeared on state television Aug. 3, saying he had turned himself in at a police station in Hanoi.   © Reuters

HANOI -- The alleged kidnapping of a national of Vietnam on German soil by Vietnamese intelligence may have economic repercussions on top of the usual political ones, with Berlin vowing further action over what it deems a flagrant violation of the law.

Former PetroVietnam Construction Chairman Trinh Xuan Thanh has been in the custody of Vietnamese authorities since late July. He had been wanted by the government, which had accused him of causing $150 million in losses at the state-owned company through mismanagement.

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