Roland Gisler, a previously convicted Milieubeizer, delivered further documents and hard drives to the cantonal council in December.
For several years, the Zurich Justice Department clumsily disposed of hard drives containing highly sensitive data. As a result, psychiatric reports, penal orders and telephone directories ended up in the hands of a Zurich milieu owner who tried to blackmail public prosecutors. Blick made the data scandal public in early December.
It is now apparent that not only the Justice Department, but also the Security Department under Government Councilor Mario Fehr (64, independent) is affected by the leak. This is affiliated, among other things, to the cantonal police.
In an interrogation shortly before Christmas, proprietor Roland Gisler (58), against whom criminal proceedings are pending, is said to have said that he also had police hard disks. This is now reported by the “Tages-Anzeiger”.
Around 70 hard drives
Gisler got hold of the sensitive data through his brother, who from around 2006 to 2012 was responsible for the disposal of hundreds of hard drives on behalf of the Department of Justice. Gisler’s brother says he received around 70 hard disks from the security department.
He explains that he has disposed of the security department’s hard drives. But obviously not all of them. In the meantime, he has handed over those that were still in his possession to the authorities.
The fact that data from the security department fell into the wrong hands can be explained by the fact that the police usually hand over entire hard drives with files and investigation results to the public prosecutor’s office when they take over the investigation. This is how the data got from the security department to the justice department.
In addition, there was a reorganization in Zurich’s administration in 2012: for the governor’s offices, from which data also went out, it was no longer the security department that was responsible, but the justice department.
When asked by the newspaper, the security department emphasized that it had nothing to do with the improper disposal. All hard disks that were in the care or responsibility of the cantonal police were physically destroyed. “There was no cooperation with the Justice Department in their disposal.”
Will there be a PUK?
Roland Gisler was arrested again in December because he had delivered a mountain of files and several hard drives to the cantonal council in a high-profile campaign. It was other material he had hoarded at home.
In addition to the criminal proceedings against Gisler, the whole affair could also have political consequences. Citizens have called for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (PUK) to work through the scandal.
The background is that the current director of justice, Jacqueline Fehr (59), did not inform the public and even the responsible business control committee (GPK) in the cantonal council about the results of an administrative investigation into the incident. Fehr admitted that it was a mistake not to have fully informed the GPK. (lha)