Everything in Slovakia was tailored for the kidnappers

The attorney of the kidnapped Trinh Xuan Thanh describes how her client was kidnapped using a Slovak government plane.

Petra Isabel SchlagenhaufPetra Isabel Schlagenhauf (Source: Youtube)

Petra Isabel Schlagenhauf is a German attorney who represented the kidnapped Trinh Xuan Thanh before the Vietnamese secret services abducted him and took him to Vietnam.

In this interview for the Sme daily, Schlagenhauf talks about what the German investigators found and what she thinks about the attitude of the Slovak officials.

Sme: Were you present at the investigation of the kidnapping and the court trials with one of the kidnappers?

Yes, I was not called to testify but I represented the interests of Trinh Xuan Thanh. I was at the court where the first of his kidnappers received his sentence.

Sme: Did your client explain to you how he got from Germany to Vietnam?

The problem is that he is in a prison in Vietnam and we are not in direct contact. I cannot talk to him and his lawyers in Vietnam cannot ask him about it either. We have no direct information about the abduction.

Read also:Denník N: This is what the Vietnamese kidnapping looked likeRead more 

Sme: What do you know about what happened to him?

I knew Thanh before he was abducted. He became my client because he expected to be extradited from Germany. Ever since he disappeared, it was clear to me that he would never return to Vietnam deliberately. The prosecutor documented the whole action of the Vietnamese secret services during the process that was wrapped up at the end of July. The chairman of the senate spent an hour and a half describing it; we shall have the verdict in writing in about a month's time.

Sme: What should be written there?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Robert Kaliňák

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

News digest: The Gale targets corruption, cabinet officially prolongs curfew

Slovakia learned about biggest corporate taxpayers, the president signed laws changing the minimum wage and 13th pensions. Read the latest news overview.

Mobile testing units were built in the Hviezdoslavovo Square in Bratislava.

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov

Storm transforms into Gale. More judges and an influential businessman detained

The police raid related to corruption in Bratislava courts.

Businessman Zoroslav Kollár (l) was brought to NAKA.