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Old 01.06.2012, 22:50
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Re: Criminal investigation launched against Christoph Blocher

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sorry I did not understand that B is the only one permitted to make political decisions!!!
He claims that the judiciary acted under political influences. He over decades was used to be THE ONE exerting such influences. He is not SVP President but he is the "spirtuelle Führer der SVP" and so tries to take another matter up. He himself of course is painfully aware of the fact (he confirmed that himself repeatedly in public) that a majority of his political proposals were defeated by the voters.

BUT, in regard to this, it is to be noted that he has not decided anything but only decided to launch a political agenda, in the hope that people will forget his legal problems
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Re: Criminal investigation launched against Christoph Blocher

This news cheered me up! Philipp Hildebrand did a good job for Switzerland, but the SVP wished for a lower Frank to Euro exchange rate. In his haste to get Hildebrand dismissed, Blocher has fallen foul of Swiss secrecy laws. How ironic!

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_ne...l?cid=32882030 by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch and agencies

Parliament has given the green light for the strongman of the rightwing Swiss People's Party (SVP) Christoph Blocker, to be investigated over alleged violations of banking secrecy laws in connection with the former head of the Swiss National Bank.
Ending a procedural tug-of-war between two parliamentary panels, the legal committee of the Senate on Monday insisted that Blocher’s parliamentary immunity be lifted altogether, according to committee speaker Anne Seydoux.

Blocher is member of the House of Representative and former justice minister. He and his party are ardent defenders of Swiss banking secrecy. They have repeatedly criticised the government for undermining the cherished regulations in international negotiations.

The decision paves the way for the justice authorities to launch a comprehensive investigation to establish to what extent Blocher was involved in passing on confidential bank documents of the former head of the National Bank, Philipp Hildebrand, amid a controversy over private foreign currency transactions.

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This news cheered me up! Philipp Hildebrand did a good job for Switzerland, but the SVP wished for a lower Frank to Euro exchange rate. In his haste to get Hildebrand dismissed, Blocher has fallen foul of Swiss secrecy laws. How ironic!

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_ne...l?cid=32882030 by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch and agencies

Parliament has given the green light for the strongman of the rightwing Swiss People's Party (SVP) Christoph Blocker, to be investigated over alleged violations of banking secrecy laws in connection with the former head of the Swiss National Bank.
Ending a procedural tug-of-war between two parliamentary panels, the legal committee of the Senate on Monday insisted that Blocher’s parliamentary immunity be lifted altogether, according to committee speaker Anne Seydoux.

Blocher is member of the House of Representative and former justice minister. He and his party are ardent defenders of Swiss banking secrecy. They have repeatedly criticised the government for undermining the cherished regulations in international negotiations.

The decision paves the way for the justice authorities to launch a comprehensive investigation to establish to what extent Blocher was involved in passing on confidential bank documents of the former head of the National Bank, Philipp Hildebrand, amid a controversy over private foreign currency transactions.

All correct except that Mr Blocher and his SVP did NOT wish to bring the CHF back to a halfway acceptable level but tried to sabotage the steps taken and still do. Sure, some SVP leaders who also are business tycoons like Mr Spuhler and Mr Giezendanner of course supported the SNB in the quest to have the PEG secured, and quite in secret Mr Blocher, concerned about the fate of his EMS-Chemie, was quite happy about what happened.

The problem rather is and was that Mr Hildebrand in the eyes of the SVPler is a "leftist"
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Re: Criminal investigation launched against Christoph Blocher

Sorry to drag up an old thread but it was announced this weekend that the documents seized years ago during the search of Blocher's residence can be released to the police and used as evidence.

I assume if there is evidence of breach of secrecy and it comes to court then Blocher will claim he was acting in the best interests of Switzerland. If he is successful then he will have opened a loophole that will allow other people to breach confidentiality.

Similar to Blocher's claim that his contact with newspapers was covered by Press freedom of speech which was successful but then allowed other people to try to use the new loophole like in the Mörgeli/Ritzmann affair.
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Re: Criminal investigation launched against Christoph Blocher

Interesting, thx.

It's a verdict by the Obergericht, which is the kantonal level. I'm sure Blocher will take it to the Bundesgericht (federal level), even if only to gain time and, eventually, exceed the time limit up until which his deeds are punishable.

One thing seems very important far beyond this individual case:
Quellenschutz (source protection) has been granted by the Bundesgericht (federal court) on all communication of Blocher with the press.

But certainly that won't keep Blocher from further rants against the left media as he sees the Freedom of Press (extension of Freedom of Speech) as a protection against the state, full stop. And thus, not as protection against any other forms of influence.
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