A conditional fine, a fine of 2,000 francs and a payment of damages of 11,000 francs were not enough for the Basel-based public prosecutor’s office for the author of a flash box blast in Rothenfluh (BL). Therefore, she moved the case to the federal court. The public prosecutor’s office flashed there, as the “BaZ” writes.
It all started on a November night in 2018 when a young motorist vented his frustration and blew up a flash box he believed was only useful for ripping off road users. So he attached an August 1st rocket called “Horror-Knall” to the lightning box and lit the fuse. The alleged avenger was caught because he filmed the action and then spread it online.
No danger to the general public
The criminal offense according to the cantonal court: qualified damage to property. A “public danger”, as the public prosecutor claimed, could in fact not be identified. This judgment is now supported by the Federal Supreme Court. The young man had control over the course of events because the rocket was tied up and the action took place in the middle of the night when no traffic was to be expected, the “BaZ” quotes the verdict.
In addition, it was only a short act of revenge that only lasted a few seconds. In addition, the road is clearly visible at this point due to the long straight. This means that other road users would have had enough time to see what was going on.
Targeted vengeance saves Blitzkasten Sprenger
But the central argument of the Federal Supreme Court as to why there was no endangerment of the general public is related to the targeted frustration of the Blitzkasten blaster: Precisely because he had a clear target in his sights, i.e. the radar system, it was not “chosen by chance representative of the general public».
The conclusion after years of legal dispute: detonating a flash box in Switzerland with fireworks is punishable, but not yet a violation of the Explosives Act. The canton of Baselland is left with the legal costs – over 10,000 francs. (bab)