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Vietnam oil exec 'kidnapped' from Germany jailed for life

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Staff Writer | January 22, 2018
Trinh Xuan Thanh
Asia   The blockbuster trial involving 21 other officials

A Vietnamese former state oil executive who was allegedly kidnapped from Germany was on Monday jailed for life for embezzlement, in the highest-profile corruption trial to target the Communist country's business and political elite.

The blockbuster trial involving 21 other officials, including an ex-politburo member, has gripped a country where the affairs of the powerful are normally kept secret.

But Vietnam's conservative leadership is waging a massive anti-communist sweep that mirrors China's crackdown on graft.

Trinh Xuan Thanh, the former head of state-run PetroVietnam Construction (PVC) was sentenced to "14 years for mismanagement and life in prison for embezzlement", according to state-run VNExpress news site.

The jury said "no-one at PVC dared use money with the wrong purposes" without Thanh's direction, according to VNExpress.

The embezzlement charges carry a maximum sentence of death, but the tariff was reduced after prosecutors recommended life instead.

Thanh faces a second separate trial later this week for embezzlement that could see him put to death.

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