BERLIN – German prosecutors say a Vietnamese man suspected of hiring a van used to kidnap a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin has been handed over by the Czech Republic.
German authorities have accused Vietnam's intelligence service and embassy of involvement in the kidnap of Trinh Xuan Thanh on July 23, and have kicked out the country's intelligence attache. Vietnam says however that Thanh turned himself in to police in his homeland.
Federal prosecutors said a 46-year-old identified only as Long N.H. was arrested in the Czech Republic Aug. 12 and handed over to Germany Wednesday. They said Thursday he rented the van in Prague July 20 and then brought it to Berlin.
Prosecutors say that the suspect is accused of espionage and being an accessory to unlawful detention.