Trinh Xuan Thanh case promotes Vietnam's credibility in fighting corruption

04/08/2017

Trinh Xuan Thanh, a notorious ex-oil executive who spent nearly a year in hiding overseas after being charged for criminal mismanagement, appeared on a VTV broadcast on Thursday, confessing that he returned to Vietnam and turned himself over to police by his own volition.
Vietnam’s public security ministry announced on Monday that Thanh turned himself in to the police in Hanoi after evading an international wanted notice issued in September 2016.
The 7:00 pm VTV news broadcast later that day marked the first time Thanh was seen by the public since September 2016. He used the air time to confess hiding in Germany because of his “senseless thoughts about the situation.”
Thanh said during his time in Germany, he realized that "I wasn't thinking maturely and decided to hide and during that time I realized I need to return to face the truth and ... admit my faults and apologize,"
The VTV program also aired a signed ‘confession letter’ written by Thanh admitted that: “Because of fear I decided to hide in Germany, where I lived a precarious and anxious life," television quoted Thanh as saying in a signed confession dated July 31.
The ex-official said in the letter that he had been living an unstable life of fear in the European country.
“With encouragement from my family and friends, I decided to return to Vietnam and turn myself over to police in hopes of receiving mercy from the state and the Party,” the letter reads.

Trinh Xuan Thanh is the former deputy chairman of the administration of Hau Giang Province and the former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction JSC (PVC), a subsidiary of state-run oil and gas giant PetroVietnam. He is among six individuals indicted on charges of “intentionally violating state regulations on economic management that caused severe consequences,” for causing losses worth approximately US$147 million to PVC.
Unfortunately, the German government on Wednesday accused Vietnam of “kidnapping” Thanh in Berlin to bring him back to Vietnam, a move it considered an “unprecedented” breach of German and international law. Germany on Wednesday also ordered a Vietnamese embassy attache to leave the country within 48 hours.
This move is so unreasonable. Trinh Xuan Thanh is apperantly a criminal. On September 15 last year, the ministry prosecuted Thanh for allegedly violating the State’s economic regulations causing serious consequences at PVC and its subsidiaries. Then, Thanh allegedly fled the country in mid-August last year. Vietnam has issued international arrest warrant since September 16, 2016. Instead of supporting Vietnam to arrest this fugitive, Germany has refused to escort him to the Vietnamese authority for an old reason of human rights and democracy. A criminal who caused huge losses to the Vietnamese has been nourished by German authority. He appeared to be leading a comfortable life in Berlin. He was pictured in German newspapers sitting on a park bench, smiling and looking relaxed and well-turned out in a dark blue overcoat, with a suit and tie.
It’s so ironical that one of accusations those countries and human rights organizations usually use to criticize Vietnam is corruption rate. In 2016, Transparency International ranks Vietnam 113 out of 176 on its 2016 corruption index, worse than its Southeast Asian neighbours Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. Now, when the country enhances its anti-corruption, Germany, a Western nation, is deterring it.
Thanh is a criminal who violated Vietnam’s laws and therefore must be punished by the country’s law. The capture of Thanh, by any means, is just an inevitable consequence for what he did. At the end, justice and fairness have been done. Vietnamese people are pleased and agree with what the government has done to fulfill the task, a normal legal affair of Vietnam. This case increases the credibility of the government’s anti-corruption
Vietnam's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said it regretted to learn about the accusations, saying Hanoi respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Berlin. But, German government should consider the case thoroughly and does the right thing, not anyone is victim of human rights persecution as they thought. Thanh is totally a criminal, no more./.



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Only Solidar 5/8/17 14:00

Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Chairman of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC) had fled Vietnam after he was found to have violated State regulations on economic management resulting in losses of nearly 3.3 trillion VND (142 million USD) for the PVC during his leadership.

MaskOf Zero 5/8/17 14:02

Thanh allegedly showed irresponsibility and negligence in the leadership and management of the corporation’s operations, he deserves to be punished.

John Smith 5/8/17 14:05

Bravo Vietnam's police!

Love Peace 5/8/17 14:05

Vietnam has expressed its discomfort at a recent statement from the German foreign ministry, which requested a Vietnamese embassy officer to leave Germany in response to the alleged kidnap of a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin.

yobro yobro 5/8/17 14:09

Competent Vietnamese agencies are investigating the case. It's just a normal internal legal affair, Germany should stop interferring!

Gentle Moon 5/8/17 14:14

He is among six individuals probed on charges of “intentionally violating state regulations on economic management that caused severe consequences,” for causing massive losses of approximately US$147 million at PVC.

Jane smartnic 5/8/17 14:19

He has and should turn himself into the police, no kidnapping here, Germans!

Pack Cassiopian 5/8/17 15:23

Now, no one could criticize Vietnam of corruption. The government has enforced strong measures to combat degenerated officials, Trinh Xuan Thanh, Ho Thi Kim Thoa, Tram Be, etc...

LawrenceSamuels 5/8/17 15:27

Vietnam had asked Germany to extradite Thanh during last month's G20 summit in Hamburg, but they ignored. Now, Germany is unreasonably demanding that this defender be returned to Germany. Bullshit!

Deck Hero14 5/8/17 15:35

How Germany would think if Vietnam hid it criminals in the country's soil and denied to escort. They should recognize that Thanh is just a culprit who violated Vietnam's law!

Don't use crap Western values of human rights and democracy to intervene with other nation's internal affair, especially legal one like this.

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