Swiss university professor faces nightmarish US court case

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Swiss university professor with an American passport who was sexually assaulted 18 years ago while a student in the US has found herself dealing with the US justice system, not over the sexual violence itself, but over the 1995 murder of the alleged offender, in a nightmarish turn of events. The […]

Day 3 of Pistorius bail hearing brings new surprises (update)

Prosecution gets new lead detective Update 17:55  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The bail hearing for South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of deliberately killing his girlfriend the night of 13-14 February, turned up yet more surprises in its third day, Thursday 21 February. Lead detective Hilton Botha, the court learned, may be charged with seven counts […]

“Blade runner” charged with murder of companion in S Africa

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Oscar Pistorius, 26, the first amputee to run in the Olympics, in London in 2012, is being charged with the shooting death of his companion, Reeva Steenkamp, 30, in South Africa. Pistorius became famous as the blade runner for his carbon fiber prosthetic devices and for his domination of athletics events in […]

Lucie’s murder: cantonal authorities did their job, judge rules

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The cantonal prison authorities carried out their duties in line with the law and following standard practice, a judge in canton Aargau has ruled, in the case of the murderer of 16-year-old Lucie T in March 2009 in Rieden, Aargau. The father of the young woman from Fribourg, who was working as […]

Gunman had several weapons to settle old family score

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Valais late Thursday questioned the alleged gunman who shot and killed three people and injured two others Wednesday night 2 January. He is hospitalized with chest injuries from gunshot wounds from police. The 33-year-old native of Daillon, the village where the shootings took place, told investigators that his actions […]

Eternal Flame in Canton Glarus may go out

GLARUS, SWITZERLAND – A Catholic parish in canton Glarus is taking a farmer to court because he refuses to pay CHF70 a year for the oil for an eternal flame in the local Catholic church. View Larger Map The eternal flame has been burning in St Hilarius Catholic church in Naefels since at least 1357, […]

Landmark French case: psychiatrist sentenced over patient’s murder

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A psychiatrist in Marseilles has been given a one-year suspended sentence for manslaughter for an axe murder committed by her patient. The doctor was found guilty of not recognizing  the public danger posed by her schizophrenic patient, who hacked an 83-year-old man, his mother’s companion, to death in Gap. Links to other […]

Lausanne area missing woman’s body found, husband confesses

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Husband says couple fought – he strangled then buried her in woods near Assens LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The body of 36-year-old Claudia Gessenay, missing from her home in Assens since 28 October, was found Tuesday in woods not far from the village, north of Lausanne. Domestic violence lay behind her death, it appears, with her […]

Martigny shootout murderer gets reduced sentence: 11 years

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man who shot and killed another in May 2010 in a street shootout in Martigny has seen his sentence for voluntary manslaughter reduced from 13 to 11 years, with the court agreeing there were “attenuating circumstances”. The man, from Cape Verde, had been involved for weeks in a series of fights […]

Geneva couple found dead in apartment: foul play suspected

Prisoner hangs himself in Geneva prison GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The bodies of a couple in their 70′s were found by Geneva police who had to break into their apartment in the Chatelaine district. Police are saying nothing more for now than that they suspect foul play. Police were contacted by family members, who were concerned […]