GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A trip to Spain, a dose of the flu, and now it’s time to catch up on news from the past week; join me.
Some of the headlines:
Château de Chillon diver was experienced
A 44-year-old Morges area man died in a diving accident close to the Château de Chillon, Saturday 6 February, say Vaud police. His wife reported him missing at 21:00 after he failed to return home. The very experienced diver had planned to dive in Lake Geneva with a friend, who canceled. Police quickly found his car, parked at Becque, a spot in La-Tour-de-Peilz often used for by people diving at the Hirondelle wreck area.
A helicopters and rescue boat searched the area as night fell but the weather was too poor to allow a deepwater search. Sunday morning at 07:30 a new search was underway with a border guards boat, cantonal police boat, 6 divers from the Vaud gendarme service, with a robot from the Geneva cantonal police electronic search group.
The man’s body was found at a depth of 95 metres during the afternoon. Police have opened an investigation, but no information has been provided about the possible cause of the accident.
In other recent police and legal news –
Police in canton Vaud released details Monday of a case where a Portuguese man, 45 and from Lausanne, was arrested and held for two months in connection with a series of insurance scams. He reportedly led the fraud that involved some 40 of his countrymen and garnered CHF180,000 between 2009 and 2015. The group reported a series of fictional accidents, filing claims and collecting the money. Police investigators are working with insurance companies to uncover the scope of the fraud.
A Vevey court Monday 8 February handed an axe-wielding driver a one-year suspended sentence: he was found guilty of intention to commit grave bodily harm after an altercation with another driver following insults on the cantonal highway near Yvorne, in the summer of 2012. Details, Tribune de Genève
Monday, 8 February, celebrity lawyer Dominique Warzul appealed to be place under home arrest in a private clinic. He has been held by police since 2 January for shooting at a nursing assistant who was helping him during his convalescence from a stroke in a Geneva five-star hotel & spa. Details, Le Temps
Lausanne, Wednesday 3 February, a 23-year-old Gambian man was taken to hospital in critical condition after falling 10 metres when he ran into a construction site while being chased by the police.