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>> A fugitive tycoon on the run. A secretive state in pursuit. The story of Vietnam's runaway property baron has all the elements of a thriller. It's also a glimpse inside a country trying to tackle one of the byproducts of economic growth, graft. Phan Van Anh Vu was arrested in Hanoi on Thursday for spilling state secrets after authorities caught him in nearby Singapore.
But as Reuters' John Getty reports there's more to Vu's case than first meets the eye.>> Vu is just one of dozens of business men and officials that have been arrested in Vietnam over the last year and abroad, sweeping crackdown on corruption. But what is particularly interesting about Vu's case is what we learned through his lawyers is that Vu claimed to be very senior in the intelligence services in Vietnam.
He was carrying multiple passports with multiple identities, which also suggest or backs up his claim that he was very senior in the intelligence services. What we also learned is that he was trying to seek passage to Germany. And one of his lawyers said that given his level of seniority in the intelligence services, he may have information about a kidnapping that took place in a Berlin park last year by a Vietnamese oil executive who he spirited home.
>> Singapore sent Vu back to Vietnam to face his faith in less than a week. A fact that has some sending up red flags.>> I think human rights groups have told us that one of the things that they're concerned about in this case is the speed. With which a decision was made by Singaporean authorities to send Vu back to Vietnam.
He had conversations with his lawyer in which you appealed for his well being and he was concerned that if he was sent back to Vietnam because of what he called internal politics, his well-being may be in danger.>> Singapore has close diplomatic and trade ties with Vietnam. Both share concern over China's growing influence in Asia.
Singapore said Vu was wanted under an Interpol Red Notice issued by Vietnam, where serious security offenses can carry the death penalty.