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> I was afraid and decided to hide in Germany, where I lived a precarious and anxious life. I wasn't thinking maturely and decided to hide, and during that time, I realized I need to return to face the truth, and admit my faults and apologize.
Reuters' is following the case.>> Vietnam has neither confirmed nor denied the kidnapping accusations from Germany. And only said that they regretted the statement by the German foreign ministry spokesperson. Which said, the abduction of Trinh Xuan Thanh on its territory is unprecedented, and a blatant violation of law.
>> Then on Thursday, Thanh appeared on Vietnam state television, saying he turned himself in.>>
>> It's unclear if Thanh was speaking freely, and his lawyer ruled out that version of events, saying Thanh was scared of going back to Vietnam. Vietnam hasn't directly denied anything, but says it regrets the kidnapping accusation. It comes after a ten month international man hunt, and a major anti-corruption crackdown in Vietnam.
>> Pang's arrest, on the other hand, is very important to Vietnam, which is going under a widespread corruption crackdown. Many government officials, state owned enterprise and bank executives, and even a very high ranked party official, are affected as part of this corruption crackdown. And we can expect to see more prosecutions and arrests in the near future.
>> The crackdown has seen the biggest round up off dissidents in years. Following a shift within the Communist party leadership, towards security-minded conservatives.