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A Federal Prosecutor is investigating Swissmem Director Brupbacher

Stefan Brupbacher must answer to justice. 21. November has opened up the Federal Prosecutor's office a criminal case against the FDP politician and Director of the powerful industry Association Swissmem. The investigators of the Federal government have Brupbacher suspected to have secret information blabbed. This will notify the office of the attorney General on request. The presumption of innocence applies.

Stefan Brupbacher was as Secretary-General of the Department of Economic Affairs of the FDP Federal councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann is one of the most powerful Federal officials. By the end of 2018, he joined the Association of the Swiss machine, electrical and metal industry (Swissmem). Prior to his departure from the administration Brupbacher left his current employer sensitive information.

he warned Swissmem in November 2018 email a confidential application in the foreign policy Commission of the national Council. This threatened the commercial interests of the industry Association. Brupbacher called on the Swissmem even active against the motion to proceed. In consequence of lobbyierte Swissmem in CVP representatives against the motion.

"The request is disastrous": Mail from Stefan Brupbacher to his future employer, Swissmem.

FDP-Department allowed investigations

After this newspaper reported on Brupbachers indiscretion, began to be of interest to the Federal Prosecutor for the case. In September, she requested the Department of justice authorisation for the prosecution of Stefan Brupbacher. In mid-November, the Department of FDP councillor Karin Keller gave Sutter the green light for the investigation.

Swissmem Director Stefan Brupbacher is unaware of any wrongdoing. The agenda for the meeting of the foreign policy Commission had broadly been known. The same is true for the resistance against the free trade agreement with Malaysia and Indonesia, writes Brupbacher on request. He was expecting the outcome of the investigation with Serenity and was convinced that the accusation had no substance.

He is unaware of any wrongdoing: Swissmem Director Stefan Brupbacher. Photo: PD

support receives Brupbacher of Swissmem President Hans Hess. He considered the allegations "from today's point of view as baseless," writes Hess. Together with the work of the Board of Swissmem, he'll stand behind Brupbacher.

It's hard consequences

threaten How the criminal case proceeds, at the moment seems largely to depend on how the office of the attorney General, the confidentiality of Commission meetings evaluated. As it has been in the recent past, there are no comparable cases, experts believe that an evaluation of the If for difficult. It comes to a guilty verdict, threaten Brupbacher hard consequences: violation of official Secrecy is punishable with imprisonment for a term of up to three years or to a monetary penalty.

The deliberations of the committees are confidential in order to protect the free expression and will of the Parliament. The Federal Council holds its employees to exercise caution in dealing with information obtained through their official position.

state employees may disclose classified information only to those persons "with a need to know".

"Federal employees", i.e. it is about the code of conduct for the Federal administration, "using non-public information to gain a personal advantage for themselves or others, and based on this information, no recommendations or instructions." In addition, the Federal Council has determined in the information protection Ordinance that state employees-classified information is allowed to enter only those persons "with a need to know".

Created: 05.12.2019, 17:32 PM

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