A Vietnamese citizen helped kidnap another Vietnamese citizen in Berlin, Germany last year. The victim was an oil executive wanted on criminal charges in Vietnam for corruption. While the executive was returned to Vietnam where he is now imprisoned for life, his kidnapper stayed in Europe. Recently, German prosecutors have charged him with kidnapping.
The matter angered Berlin and soured relations with Hanoi. German officials accused Vietnamese spies of abducting the oil executive and his female companion from a public street in broad daylight. Federal prosecutors said the 47-year-old man had been formally charged with taking part in secret service activity and assisting in the deprivation of personal freedom. The executive and the woman were pushed into a truck and taken to the Vietnamese embassy in Berlin on July 23. It is unclear, however, how the executive was later taken to Vietnam, but his companion was flown to Hanoi hours after she was seized.
The suspect was arrested in the Czech Republic in August and handed to German authorities and remains in detention. "Germany charges Vietnamese man in ex-oil executive kidnapping" www.reuters.com (May, 2018).