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A Swiss lawyer has instituted legal proceedings against the finance minister of NRW because he wants to carry on buying tax data. In the legal proceedings it is about receiving of stolen goods and business espionage. Read more:

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Swiss legal proceedings for tax CDs

The eight crimes of the finance minister

A Swiss lawyer has instituted legal proceedings against the finance minister of NRW because he wants to carry on buying tax data. In the legal proceedings it is about receiving of stolen goods and business espionage.

For the purchase of CDs with bank data of presumed German tax evasions legal proceedings have been instituted in Switzerland against North Rhine Westphalia Finance Minister Norbert Walter-Borjans. With the purchase of stolen data sets the SPD politician evidently offends against Swiss law, said the Geneva lawyer Pierre Schifferli on Tuesday.

He has filed the legal proceedings with the highest Swiss public prosecutor Michael Lauber, explained Schifferli. The lawyer accuses Walter-Borjans of eight criminal offences – among them receiving of stolen goods, violation of Swiss banker’s discretion, business espionage, disclosure of business secrets and illegal procurement of personal data. According to section 273 of the Swiss penal code business espionage alone is punishable with up to three years imprisonment in case of conviction.

Bern points out that Swiss justice has issued warrants of arrest in March 2012 against three North Rhine Westphalia tax searchers. They are accused of having aided and abetted business espionage with the purchase of a data CD and offended against banker’s discretion.

According to his own statement Schifferli bases himself, among others, on a statement of Walter-Borjans in the Swiss TV broadcast "Arena". There last Friday the minister had confirmed that he also in future intends to buy CDs with Swiss bank data.

With that the minister has confirmed in public "that he organizes the financing for the purchase of stolen Swiss bank data". Exactly that is what he is now accused of in the legal proceedings. "It will be difficult for him to deny the whole thing", said the lawyer.

 

Former entries to this subject were:
2012 Jul 28 (3) – Circumcision: evil for a girl but good for a boy
2012 Aug 05 (2) – Data purchase: Tax lawyer threatens German tax men with criminal charge
2012 Aug 17 – Germany: Charge brought against the finance minister of NRW
2012 Aug 28 – Germany/Switzerland: The eight crimes of the finance minister

 

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