Nam hails Thailand’s decision to extradite Ly Tong
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.
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.
Spokesman Le Dung also
answered the media on the case of a Vietnamese American detained for violating
"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.
policies are to create good conditions for foreign investors, including foreign
"We believe that the
case will not impact the investment environment in Viet Nam," he said. —