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|
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.