Indian tourism drops sharply following publicized rapes

Swiss tourist’s sexual assault case underway in Datia Foreign Affairs Department cautions Swiss not to travel at night in India GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The trial of six men accused of sexually assaulting a Swiss woman while her husband was held down by the group opened Saturday, and Monday the first three of 36 witnesses were […]

Basel man who killed 1, injured 7 others, judged unfit for trial

Wild car ride in 2012 followed escape from psychiatric ward BASEL, SWITZERLAND – A 28-year-old man who 13 March 2012 killed a cyclist and injured seven others, two of them critically, is unfit to stand trial, the pubic prosector in Basel says, and he should be given therapeutic treatment with reviews of his case every […]

Former Guatemalan dictator faces genocide charges

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former Guatemalan military leader Efran Rios Montt will be facing justice on genocide charges in the deaths of more than 1,700 indigenous people in the 1980s, a judge decided Monday 28 January. Charges against Rios Montt, 86, who ruled Guatemala between 1982 and 1983, include ordering the torture, displacement and deaths of […]

Serbian ex-boss denies war crime charges

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It has taken four years for the man arrested on a bus in Belgrade in 2008 to stand up in court in The Hague and defend himself against charges of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, but Radovan Karadzic is giving testimony Tuesday 16 October. He faces 10 counts of war crimes, all […]

“No more impunity” poster contest judge, Patrick Chappatte

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Political cartoonist Patrick Chappatte, who is a regular contributor to GenevaLunch, is the chair of the “No more impunity!” poster contest organized by Trial, a Geneva-based non-profit organization. The group has just extended the deadline for the contest to 4 November – first prize is CHF1,000, so if you have design skills, […]

Mubarak ordered back to prison

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered former president Hosni Mubarak back to prison Monday 16 July, nearly a month after he was sent to a military hospital after allegedly suffering from a stroke. Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud said that the former leader, who had been sentenced to life in June for the deaths of […]

Israel’s former PM Olmert guilty of breach of trust, acquitted on other charges

“One of the most significant corruption trials in Israel’s history” gives 2 acquittals, 1 guilty verdict GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ehud Olmert, former Israeli prime minister, from 2006 to 2009, has been found guilty on one count of breach of trust and he has been acquitted on two other charges, in what the Jerusalem Post is […]

And the trial goes on, or does it? – John Edwards, former US presidential candidate

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Confusion reigned in the trial of former US presidential candidate John Edwards, after the jury was told to continue deliberations, then came back an hour later saying they couldn’t reach an agreement on five of six charges. The judge has declared a mistrial. Forbes says the jury voted not guilty on one […]

Man sentenced to 20 yrs for killing young woman near Zurich (update)

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The 28-year-old man accused of killing 16-year-old Lucie Trezzini from Fribourg in March 2009 was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday. The defense for Daniel, who has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, Wednesday morning asked for the sentence to be limited to 18 years, with a series of […]

S Schmidheiny sentenced in emotional Italian asbestoes trial

Fiberglass death lands Schmidheiny involuntary manslaughter sentence TORINO, ITALY -  Swiss business baron Stephan Schmidheiny and Belgian aristocrat Jean-Louis de Cartier were sentenced by a court in Torino, Italy 13 February after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for their part in the deaths of some 2-3,000 Italian workers by asbestoes poisoning. The pair, who […]