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Viet Nam hails Thailand's decision to extradite Ly Tong

Update: September, 08/2006 - 00:00

Viet Nam hails Thailand’s decision to extradite Ly Tong

(08-09-2006)

HA NOI — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam yesterday welcomed a decision by Thailand’s court to extradite Ly Tong, the culprit in a security violation case, to Viet Nam.

Answering questions by foreign journalists on Viet Nam’s reaction to the Thai court decision dated on September 7, the ministry spokesman Le Dung said:

"We welcome the decision by the court of Thailand to extradite Ly Tong back to Viet Nam.

"His actions have seriously violated Viet Nam’s sovereignty, national security and laws, as well as international laws and treaties, and should be strictly punished.

"This decision absolutely suits Thai laws, Vietnamese laws and international laws, and it will help prevent similar actions in the future," Dung said.

Ly Tong, 58, a naturalised US citizen, is a former pilot of the Sai Gon regime’s air force jailed in Thailand for hijacking a plane.

Tong was found guilty of hijacking a small plane in the southern Thai resort town of Hua Hin in 2000 to fly across the Gulf of Thailand to HCM City.

Other cases

Spokesman Le Dung also answered the media on the case of a Vietnamese American detained for violating Vietnamese laws.

"On August 17, Do Cong Thanh (aka Do Thanh Cong), an American citizen, was detained in HCM City because he violated Vietnamese laws. We have passed the case to the American Consulate General in HCM City. The related offices are investigating."

Dung said the State has many policies and measures to create favourable conditions for Viet kieu (overseas Vietnamese) to visit and do business in their homeland. However, they must obey Vietnamese laws, he said.

Regarding the lawsuit between Viet Nam Commercial and Industrial Bank and ABN Amro Bank, the spokesman said the related offices of Viet Nam are considering the case in a clear way that suits Viet Nam’s laws and international commitments.

"Viet Nam’s policies are to create good conditions for foreign investors, including foreign banks.

"We believe that the case will not impact the investment environment in Viet Nam," he said. — VNS

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