Bern, Switzerland (NZZ, Ger) – Switzerland has forbidden contact between the chief investigator of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Douglas Frantz and Urs Tinner’s lawyer, reports Zurich newspaper NZZ.
Urs Tinner is a member of the Swiss family implicated in the AQ Khan nuclear proliferation network affair that surfaced in 2006 and involves several countries. Khan, a citizen of Pakistan and a nuclear bomb scientist, has been accused of being at the centre of a nuclear technology black market. US authorities want to know the extent of the Tinner family’s involvement in the network. The Tinners are a St Gallen family of father and two sons: the father was released by Swiss investigators looking into the possibility that the Tinners sold nuclear infomation to Libya. The two sons were held without charges for several months, and Marco Tinner was finally released on bail in January.
According to an 11 May letter to Frantz from the Swiss Deptartment of Justice and Police, any foreign agent who conducts official business on Swiss soil with a private person, without government permission, faces up to three years in prison.
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