VASEP Applauds Belgian Court's Decision

The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) Thursday  applauded Belgian’s decision to release a Vietnamese businessman who was accused of violating labeling regulations while exporting frozen tra catfish by the US.

Mr. Buu Huy

In its announcement the VASEP has repeatedly condemned US Court's request to seize Mr. Huy and expressed its gratitude to Vietnamese Embassy to Belgium, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Fishery, press and Vietnamese and Belgian organizations who have supported the campaign that protects Mr. Buu Huy's legal rights and the free trade.

The Belgian Minister of Justice refused the US’s requests for the extradition of the detained Vietnamese businessman on Wednesday by signing a decision to release him, according to the Vietnamese Embassy in Brussels.

Buu Huy, Deputy Director of the An Giang Food and Farm Produce Import-Export Company (AFIEX), was arrested in Brussels, Belgium, on May 10 while attending the European Aquatic Product Fair. The arrest was made under the request of a Florida State Court (U.S.).

The U.S. has accused him of violating labeling regulations while exporting frozen tra catfish to the country. The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has called the arrest an excessive attempt to criminalize commercial disputes.

Mr. Buu Huy has so far been detained 133 days in Brussels’ Forest prison.

On September 6, the association sent a letter to the Belgian Minister of Justice detailing numerous arguments contrary to the extradition of Huy.

VASEP said that the US Court's request would set a dangerous precedent, threatening international business people’s safety when they do legal business abroad.

Mr. Buu Huy will return to Viet Nam as soon as administrative procedures are completed.

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Source: VNA – Translated by Thuy Hang

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