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2016

09.12.2016   
Following a decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Federal Criminal Court, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland on 9.12.2016 seized evidence from the AMAG Group. The court had decided that investigations should be conducted, in particular involving AMAG, its bodies and employees. AMAG cooperated fully with the law enforcement authorities.

12.10.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the Falcon Private Bank Ltd. The decision to open proceedings is based on information revealed by the investigations in the 1MDB case and on issues raised in the decision of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA from early October 2016. The OAG suspects deficiencies in the internal organisation of the Falcon Private Bank Ltd. It is believed that due to these deficiencies, the bank was unable to prevent the commission of the offences currently under investigation in the criminal proceedings relating to 1MDB.

05.10.2016   
Following the request it made in January 2016, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has again requested mutual legal assistance from the Malaysian authorities. The request comes as part of the criminal proceedings opened in August 2015 in relation to the Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad). Investigations have revealed that substantial amounts were misappropriated from the SRC sovereign fund and that fraud was committed based on a form of ‘Ponzi’ scheme.

01.09.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened criminal proceedings in connection with the German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB)). The suspects were members of the executive board of the organising committee for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

23.08.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has filed an indictment in accelerated proceedings against three suspected members of a ring specialising in the fraudulent misuse of credit card data for commercial gain. This is the first time in Switzerland that an indictment has been filed in a global phishing case.

20.07.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has indicted 13 accused associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The indictment alleges that the accused provided financial support to the LTTE, which is regarded as a presumed terrorist organisation, through a sophisticated microcredit system.

24.05.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the BSI SA bank. The decision to open proceedings is based on information revealed by the criminal proceedings in the 1MDB case and on issues raised in the FINMA decision of 23 May 2016. The OAG suspects deficiencies in the internal organisation of the BSI SA bank. It is believed that due to these deficiencies, the bank was unable to prevent the commission of offences currently under investigation in the criminal proceedings relating to 1MDB.

12.04.2016   
As part of the criminal proceedings on suspicion of embezzlement committed against the Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad), the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has extended its proceedings to two former Emirati officials, in charge of Abu Dhabi sovereign funds. The OAG also sent two requests for mutual legal assistance to Luxembourg and Singapore.

17.03.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) is planning to unblock a further USD 70 million of assets and have them returned to Brazil as part of the Petrobras affair. The Brazilian Attorney General Rodrigo Janot and his Swiss counterpart Michael Lauber met today in Bern to discuss cooperation between their respective offices in connection with the Petrobras proceedings.

09.03.2016   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland required the mutual legal assistance of the French judicial authorities in connection with the criminal proceedings against Mr Joseph Blatter.

29.01.2016   
As part of the criminal proceedings opened on 14 August 2015 against two former officials of the Malaysian state-owned fund 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) and persons unknown on suspicion of bribery of foreign public officials (Art. 322septies Swiss Criminal Code (SCC)), misconduct in public office (Art. 314 SCC), money laundering (Art. 305bis SCC) and criminal mismanagement (Art. 158 SCC), the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has requested the Malaysian authorities for mutual assistance. Cooper-ation between the two countries was already discussed at a meeting in Zurich on 15 Sep-tember 2015 between the Swiss Attorney General and his Malaysian counterpart. This re-quest for mutual assistance now puts the agreement in principle that was reached into concrete terms.

16.01.2016   
On 16 January 2016 an operative meeting was held in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, between the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland and the Egyptian judicial authorities. Direct bilateral exchange should support the criminal prosecution authorities in both countries to boost their joint efforts, in particular as regards alleged cases of money laundering in connection with the Arab Spring in Egypt.

2015

19.12.2015   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland, with the support of the Federal Office of Police fedpol, has opened a criminal proceeding against a member of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS), as well as against persons unknown, on suspicion of violation of Article 2 of the Federal Law of the prohibition of groups like Al-Qaïda, Islamic State and similar organizations.

12.12.2015   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), with the support of the Federal Office of Police fepol, has opened a second criminal proceeding concerning a Terror alert in the area of greater Geneva. In this regard, two individuals have been arrested.

08.12.2015   
Representatives of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland have travelled to Nairobi in order to meet the Kenyan Attorney General and discuss a criminal proceeding pending in Switzerland and Kenyan mutual legal assistance requests in the context of an international corruption case known as the «Anglo-Leasing affair».

30.10.2015   
Heute haben sich der Nationale Staatsanwalt der italienischen Anti-Mafia- und Anti-Terror- Behörde DNA, Franco Roberti, und der Bundesanwalt der Schwei-zer Eidgenossenschaft, Michael Lauber, in Bern zu einem Arbeitstreffen mit ihren Delegationen getroffen.

29.10.2015   
Die Schweizer Staatsanwälte-Konferenz (SSK) und die Bundesanwaltschaft (BA) sind übereingekommen, sämtliche in der Schweiz eingereichten Strafanzeigen in Sachen VW/“Abgasaffäre“ bei der BA zusammen zu führen.

16.10.2015   
The Office of the Attorney General has filed charges against four Iraqi nationals aged 29 to 34 with the Federal Criminal Court for participating in or supporting a criminal organisation within the meaning of Article 260ter Swiss Criminal Code. They are being accused of preparing a terrorist attack amongst other things.

12.10.2015   
Am 12. Oktober 2015 hat in der tunesischen Hauptstadt Tunis ein operatives Treffen zwischen der schweizerischen Bundesanwaltschaft und den tunesischen Justizbehör-den stattgefunden. Der direkte bilaterale Austausch soll die Strafverfolgungsbehörden beider Länder unterstützen, ihre gemeinsamen Anstrengungen in Bezug auf mutmassli-che Fälle von Geldwäscherei sowie weiterer Delikte im Zusammenhang mit dem «Arabi-schen Frühling» in Tunesien in der entscheidenden Verfahrensphase voranzubringen.

25.09.2015   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation.

15.09.2015   
Swiss law enforcement has a new instrument to help combat corruption. The web-based platform www.fightingcorruption.ch enables anyone with information on possible acts of corruption to report their suspicions anonymously to the police. Law enforcement agencies hope the website will provide them with a new investigative approach to fight corruption at national and international level. The new reporting system was put into operation today by the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG).

17.06.2015   

02.06.2015   

27.05.2015   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups. In the course of said proceedings, electronic data and documents were seized today at FIFA’s head office in Zurich.

15.04.2015   
Switzerland is returning USD 19.4 million to Brazil. The sum relates to assets that had been confiscated by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland as part of criminal proceedings against several Brazilian nationals accused of money laundering.

18.03.2015   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) is currently conducting nine investigations in the Petrobras case and has now released a portion of the assets frozen in Switzerland for the purpose of repatriation. The release of over USD 120 million reflects Switzerland’s clear intention to take a stand against the misuse of its financial centre for criminal purposes and to return funds of criminal origin to their rightful owners. On a two-day working visit to Brasilia, Switzerland’s Attorney General Michael Lauber held talks with Brazil’s General Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot on the prospects of working together on the Petrobras corruption scandal.

2014

11.12.2014   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has brought charges against the former computer technical analyst at the HSBC branch office in Geneva. The fugitive IT specialist is suspected of having proposed computerized data to Lebanese banks as well as to several foreign authorities. Criminal proceedings against another former Bank employee were abandoned in September.

18.11.2014   
FIFA hands over the report of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, together with the criminal complaint.

31.10.2014   
At the end of March 2014, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) arrested three Iraqi citizens suspected of providing support to the criminal organisation known as the Islamic State (IS). They are thought to have been planning a terrorist attack in Europe.

20.06.2014   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG), as part of its own criminal investigation into the Anglo Leasing case, has requested support from the Kenyan judicial authorities to obtain evidence of a possible predicate offence to money laundering.

10.03.2014   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has investigated Switzerland’s connections to the multibillion investment fraud perpetrated by US investment broker Allen Stanford. The criminal investigation on suspicion of money laundering has been closed and all of the assets remaining in Switzerland will be given over to the benefit of the investment fraud victims. The company Stanford Group (Suisse) AG in Liquidation has been punished with a fine of CHF 1 million for aggravated money laundering and sentenced to pay compensatory claims in an amount of somewhere between CHF 6 and 9 million, as well as to bear the costs of the proceedings. The criminal prosecution of the Texan Allen Stanford and his two accomplices has been abandoned on grounds of their conviction in the USA.

04.02.2014   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has examined a criminal complaint filed by Angolan citizens and the British NGO Corruption Watch regarding the „Angolagate“ case and, having completed their preliminary investigations, ruled that no further action in respect of the complaint shall be taken. The events surrounding the repayment to Russia of Angolan government debts, dating back to Soviet times, shall therefore not result in further criminal investigations in Switzerland.

31.01.2014   
To help with its own criminal investigation with regard to the Arab Spring, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland will be requesting the support of the Egyptian judicial authorities in obtaining evidence of possible predicate offences to money laundering.

2013

12.11.2013   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has closed the Siemens case concerning the telecommunications sector. The focus of this complex of proceedings was the setting up and operation of "slush funds" at banks in Switzerland. The investigations into former employees of Siemens and fiduciaries working in Switzerland were concluded following the payment of reparation in the form of donations to charitable institutions or by issuing a summary penalty order. At the same time, criminal assets valued at 60 million Swiss francs were forfeited.

12.11.2013   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has concluded a criminal investigation into the Swedish company Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery (SIT). The investigation was closed after SIT admitted inadequate enforcement of compliance regulations in relation to Yamal gas pipeline projects and paid CHF 125,000 in reparation. SIT also paid US$ 10.6 million in compensation for unlawfully obtained profits.

08.02.2013   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) is putting an end to the investigations being conducted into Ricardo Ruben Depresbiteris, after the Argentine businessman was able to dissipate the suspicion of money laundering hovering over him. As a consequence, on 7 January 2013 the OAG abandoned proceedings and is withdrawing the request for mutual legal assistance it had addressed to the competent Argentine authorities.

2012

01.10.2012   
The starting situation behind the case being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland is the setting up and involvement in a criminal terrorist organisation belonging to the Al-Qaida network. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland is now bringing this case before court and is filing charges against two Kurdish brothers who originally came from Iraq. They are being accused of being members of a criminal organisation with terrorist objectives that is headed by Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad alias Mullah Krekar, the founder and former leader of the terrorist organisation Ansar al Islam.

20.09.2012   
Kenyan criminal prosecution authorities receive additional legal assistance dossiers for investigation into Anglo-Leasing affair. The Federal Office of Justice (FoJ) today handed over further banking records and other documents obtained by the Office of the Attorney General to the Swiss lawyer who is representing Kenya's interest in the mutual assistance proceedings.

2011

13.12.2011   
On 8 December 2011, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) filed charges under the War Material Act in the Federal Criminal Court in the Tinner case against the father and his two sons. The accused are charged with aiding the illegal nuclear weapons programme of an unknown state through various activities.

22.11.2011   
The Office of the Attorney Genereal (OAG) has effectively closed criminal proceedings conducted against two entities of the Alstom group after two years of investigation. It has issued a summary punishment order against Alstom Network Schweiz AG (formerly Alstom Prom AG) for breach of article 102 section 2 Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) in conjunction with article 322septies SCC and fined the company with CHF 2,5 million and imposed a compensatory claim of CHF 36,4 million.

24.10.2011   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has charged seven persons on suspicion of money laundering and economic crime in connection with the allegedly illegal take-over of one of the most important Czech energy companies. Formal charges have been filed with the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona.

09.05.2011   
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has indicted two Italian citizens and a Swiss man resident in Italy on charges relating to a planned bomb attack on the IBM nanotechnology centre in Rüschlikon. The indictment was filed in the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona on 6 May 2011.

11.01.2011   
Today, the Swiss Federal Criminal Police (FCP) carried out a nationally coordinated operation directed at Tamil individuals and members of the “Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE). They are accused, amongst other offences, of money laundering and membership of a criminal organisation. In ten cantons a total of 23 premises were searched and 10 individuals arrested. The police operation, led and coordinated by the FCP, was authorised by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and was conducted in close collaboration with the cantonal police forces.

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