– The Swiss Ambassador to America found the clear words
The so-called Helsinki Commission has brought charges against former federal prosecutor Michael Lauper among others. Swiss representatives in the US have now approached the group directly.
In Disagreement with the US Government’s Helsinki Commission, the Swiss ambassador in Washington addressed two high-ranking members of the US parliament directly. According to the Department of State (EDA), Ambassador Jacques Pittlote found clear words with the commission’s chairman, Republican Joe Wilson, and the body’s top Democrat, Steve Cohen. “Switzerland firmly rejects the US-Helsinki Commission’s allegations and condemns the call by some of its members to sanction former federal employees,” confirmed EDA communications chief Nicolas Bito. “Sunday NZZ”. The ambassador had made it absolutely clear that baseless allegations were unacceptable.
The Helsinki Commission, an independent US government group, previously worked with the US government Sanctions against former federal prosecutor Michael Labour and two former federal employees.
Background The Magnitsky case. Financial expert and lawyer Sergei Magnitsky uncovered a $230 million fraud involving Russian tax authorities. As a result, Magnitsky was imprisoned and later died. Some of the money ended up in Swiss bank accounts.
The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office conducted the proceedings, but dropped them in 2021. According to the Helsinki Commission, Lauber and other federal employees allegedly ensured the return of funds to Russian individuals subject to US sanctions. The commission spoke about corruption and questioned the functioning of the Swiss judiciary.
In early August, the EDA intervened “at a high level” through appropriate diplomatic channels to inform US officials that it disagreed with the Helsinki Commission’s statements. The application for sanctioning Labar was “considered”.