Laos' President Bounnhang Vorachith meets Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam December 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kham
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A former Vietnamese official allegedly kidnapped from Germany will go on trial in Hanoi in January on corruption charges, officials said Wednesday, in a high-profile case that could see the ex-oil executive put to death.Vietnam's communist government has jailed or arrested scores of former officials, bankers and state executives this year as part of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown that some observers say is driven by political infighting. The men are the most prominent officials to face corruption charges as part of Hanoi's massive crackdown that has already seen one senior banker sentenced to death and scores of others face stiff jail terms.
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