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Newsline: Germany expels Vietnamese diplomat as Berlin accuses Hanoi of kidnapping

Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping a Vietnamese asylum seeker in Berlin and ordered a Vietnamese intelligence officer to leave the country within 48 hours. German Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the abduction of Vietnamese citizen Trinh Xuan Thanh on German territory is “an unprecedented and blatant violation of German and international law.” An incident of this kind has the potential to affect relations between Germany and Vietnam in a very adverse way. It is also an extreme breach of trust, the statement said. The Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon, and Markus Ederer, state secretary of German Foreign Ministry, expressed the German government’s views on this in no uncertain terms. Germany demands that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately so that the application for extradition and the asylum application can be examined in due process. The official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence agencies at the Vietnamese Embassy in Berlin has been declared persona non grata and given 48 hours to leave Germany. The 51-year-old Thanh was former head of the state-owned Petro Vietnam Construction Corporation, and was accused of causing about 150 million U.S. dollars in losses. The Vietnamese government issued an international arrest warrant for him in September. German media said the asylum seeker kidnapped by armed men in the center of Berlin resurfaced on Monday in Vietnam, where state-owned newspapers reported that he had turned himself into authorities. So far, Vietnam has not responded to Germany’s expulsion of its diplomat.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/03/c_136494693.htm

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Newsline: Ex-chief accountant of Russian embassy in Vietnam to go on trial on embezzlement charges

Former chief accountant of Russian embassy in Vietnam Vladislav Balabkin charged with embezzling 6 million rubles (about $104,700) will go on trial, the official website of the Prosecutor General’s Office said. Investigators allege that In February 2013, Balabkin abused trust of Russian ambassador and received $200,000 from joint Vietnamese-Russian bank in Hanoi for his own purposes. The embassy received damage estimated at 6 million rubles as a result. Balabkin admitted guilt in full. His case will be reviewed by the Presnensky District Court of Moscow.

http://rapsinews.com/judicial_news/20170615/278953323.html

Newsline: North Korean suspect in Jong-nam’s murder is son of ex-envoy to Vietnam

A North Korean suspect in the killing of Kim Jong-nam is reportedly the son of a former top North Korean envoy to Vietnam, and he allegedly lured a Vietnamese female suspect to join the plot to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader. Ri Ji Hyon, 33, is the son of former North Korean ambassador to Hanoi, Ri Hong, and had lived in Vietnam for about 10 years, Yonhap news agency quoted sources as saying on Wednesday. Ji Hyon worked as a trainee diplomat at the North Korean embassy for more than one year and he also worked as an interpreter, according to the sources. Using his fluent Vietnamese, he lured Doan Thi Huong into the plot to kill Jong-nam while the latter was waiting to board a flight to Macau at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13, according to Yonhap. The Vietnamese woman and Indonesian Siti Aisyah allegedly smeared banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent on Jong-nam’s face. They have been charged with murder but they claim they were told that the act was a prank on a reality show. Ji Hyon is among four North Korean suspects who left Malaysia on the day Jong-nam was murdered and they are believed to have returned to Pyongyang. Interpol has issued a red notice to track down and arrest them.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/22/north-korean-suspect-in-jong-nams-murder-is-son-of-ex-envoy-to-vietnam-report/

Newsline: Cambodians rally in front of Vietnamese Embassy

Around 100 ethnic minority Khmer Krom monks and activists in Cambodia continued their rally in front of the Vietnamese Embassy here on Sunday, marking the 2nd day of a fresh protest against a Vietnamese diplomat. The rally, expected to last until Wednesday, is to demand a Vietnamese diplomat to recognize that Kampuchea Krom, which is now a part of Vietnam, is Cambodia’s former territory. Protesters are rallying outside the embassy, which is fortified by riot police and heavy steel barricades. There is no report of violence even though those protesters gather without permission from the Phnom Penh Municipality. On Saturday, the first day of the protest, activists set Vietnamese flags on fire outside the embassy. The minority Khmer Krom community has launched a number of protests against Vietnam in recent months after Trung Van Thong, a spokesman for the Vietnamese embassy to Cambodia, commented on a radio program in June that South Vietnam, which protesters claim was once part of former Kampuchea Krom provinces, belonged to Vietnam “long” before France’s official transfer of the land in 1949. A protest leader Thach Sitha, president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Association, said Saturday that the protest was to demand an apology from the Vietnamese diplomat and to urge him to accept the true history of the former Kampuchea Krom provinces.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/141005/cambodias-ethnic-khmer-krom-activists-continue-rally-front-v

Newsline: Vietnamese diplomat sacked for fleeing to US on official trip to Canada

A diplomat from Can Tho who attempted to resign after fleeing to the US during an official trip to Canada was fired by the city government. The municipal authorities issued a statement announcing that Tran Ngoc Phi Long has been dismissed from his post as deputy head of the international relations office at the city’s Foreign Affairs Department. Long was criticized for being undisciplined and disorganized and separating himself from a delegation visiting Canada in early July and entering the US. Long was among 150 select officials that Can Tho once sent overseas to earn master’s degrees. Tuoi Tre said his education cost the city around VND300 million (US$14,100). In his resignation Long alleged that his health and family situation had required him to quit.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/vietnamese-diplomat-sacked-for-fleeing-to-us-on-official-trip-31207.html

Newsline: Vietnamese diplomat flees to US during official trip

A senior foreign affairs official from the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho escaped into the United States during an official trip to Canada. Days later, he submitted an official resignation through the mail. Tran Ngoc Phi Long, deputy head of the international relations division for Can Tho’s Foreign Affairs Department, separated himself from a delegation visiting Canada in early July and entered the US. The authorities have yet to determine Long’s purpose in fleeing. Long was among 150 select officials that Can Tho once sent overseas to earn master’s degrees. Tuoi Tre said his education cost the city around VND300 million (US$14,100).

http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-diplomat-flees-to-us-during-official-trip-29884.html

Newsline: Australian Embassy in Vietnam comments on suppression orders

The Australian Embassy in Vietnam has issued a statement on the suppression orders issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning the Australian-style polymer note printing case. The Embassy stressed that the suppression orders in question were not released by the Supreme Court of Victoria. It also noted that Australia takes the breach of the suppression orders extremely seriously and the matter has been referred to the police. According to the statement, the suppression orders were issued by the Supreme Court of Victoria on the application of the Australian Government. The Australian Government obtained suppression orders to prevent publication of information that could suggest the involvement in corruption by specific senior political figures in the region.

http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/National/2014/8/110229/