‘Cold war kidnapping’: German court tries man accused of snatching fugitive Vietnamese official from Berlin park

Germany put on trial on Tuesday the only suspect held over what it calls a brazen cold war-style kidnapping by Vietnamese secret agents that has badly bruised bilateral ties.
The accused – a Vietnamese-Czech man identified only as Long N.H., 47 – allegedly rented and delivered the van that was used in last July’s abduction of a fugitive Vietnamese state company official in a Berlin park.
The kidnapped man, Trinh Xuan Thanh, 52, who was seeking political asylum in Germany, was…