Kanun Falls in Switzerland
Again and again there are brutal feuds in Switzerland, which are conducted according to the law of atonement. Blick has compiled the most important ones.
A woman in Dietikon had separated from her violent husband. He killed her in 2019. (icon image)
The kanun, the customary law of the Albanians that was handed down orally, used to regulate land and inheritance disputes. Or certain penalties, for example in the case of theft, female adultery or murder. Only: Even today, the kanun is used for disputes over land, money or debts. Sometimes a bad word about a member of a family is enough – already the honor is violated. Here in Switzerland blood feuds are carried out again and again.
Around August 2019. An Albanian mother of four († 34) from Dietikon ZH paid with her life for separating from her husband. The man is said to have beaten, abused and put massive pressure on her for years. He murdered his wife in her own apartment. She had stab wounds and cuts all over her body. The man was convinced: the woman has no right to a life without him.
Family clan in court: “They came to Switzerland and were immediately raped”(02:02)
Man shot dead in mosque
Or in 2014 the mosque murderer from St. Gallen (then 54). He shoots in a mosque from behind at a man praying on the floor († 51). This collapses, seven bullets in the body. He died instantly. The perpetrator’s brother had been stabbed years earlier in Walenstadt SG during a dispute between three men of Albanian origin – the accused, his brother and the later victim. The man who was killed became an enemy because, according to the indictment, he had never attempted the so-called besa (peace pledge after the kanun).
Finally, the Kosovar (then 19), who shot a member of an enemy family in 1997 in Gipf-Oberfrick AG out of blood revenge. He travels to Switzerland to take blood revenge for the death of his uncle according to the rules of the kanun. Together with his cousin he tracks down a member of the enemy family in Gipf-Oberfrick, kills the victim with 17 pistol shots and disfigures his face beyond recognition. Exactly as it had happened to the uncle to be avenged. In the 1980s, the Kosovar clans had fallen out in their homeland over gravel mining rights.