The Lexus-driving Vietnamese exec 'kidnapped' in Berlin

The Lexus-driving Vietnamese exec 'kidnapped' in BerlinPortrayed by Vietnamese officials as a Lexus-driving tycoon who flaunted his wealth while costing the state millions of dollars, Trinh Xuan Thanh fled the country as he fell under the cross-hairs of a corruption crusade by communist authorities. German media reported that Thanh, the former head of a state-linked construction firm, was bundled into a car on July 23 as he visited Tiergarten park in downtown Berlin by several armed Vietnamese security agents. Germany, one of Vietnam’s largest European trading partners, on Wednesday decried the “scandalous violation” of its sovereignty, furiously dressing down the Vietnamese ambassador and booting out one of the country’s spies.

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