German authorities investigating the alleged kidnapping of Vietnamese ex-politician Trinh Xuan Thanh claim he left Bratislava on the Slovak government’s special plane which was flying to Moscow with the Vietnamese official delegation.
The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs has voiced its concerns over the latest revelations and says it may well have been used as a pawn in a political game.
“If turns out that the Slovak republic was used and misinformed by the Vietnamese authorities, consequences could follow,” Peter Susko said.
“The German investigation and its conclusions are serious and they are questioning the correctness of the information which was provided to us by the Vietnamese side,” he added.
The TASR state agency reports that Slovak officials are in close contact with German police regarding the investigation of the entrepreneur’s alleged kidnapping from Berlin, which happened on July 23rd, 2017.
Susko pointed out that finding the persons responsible for the crime is the common goal of the two countries and in future the cooperation between Germany and Slovakia should intensify regarding this matter.
According to Vietnamese authorities, Thanh was not on the plane and this was officially communicated to the Slovak authorities.
Susko says the German investigation is based on the assumption that the officials had no information of the false identity of the passengers. Slovakia asked for additional information regarding the abduction in June.