Old Councilor of States Dick Marty (77) can no longer leave the house without a bulletproof vest. The former Ticino parliamentarian has been under massive police protection for a year and a half now. This is so massive that even special units with machine guns and grenades are supposed to protect Marty’s house in Ticino.
The reason for this is a report that the federal intelligence service received in December 2020: contract killers are said to have been set on Marty. According to information from the federal authorities, Serbian secret service circles are behind it.
Switzerland should do more
The human rights organization Amnesty International is now calling on the federal government to do more to end the threat against Marty. So far, the federal prosecutor’s office is said to have made no request for legal assistance to the Serbian judiciary.
In a resolution passed on Thursday, Amnesty also aims directly at the Federal Council: “The Swiss government does not appear to have taken any effective diplomatic steps to improve the protection of its citizens.” Alexandra Karle (55), manager of the Swiss section, is quoted as saying that it is the task of a constitutional state to “use all legal and diplomatic means” to protect its own citizens.
Should Kosovo be blamed?
In 2010, Marty investigated crimes in the Kosovo war on behalf of the Council of Europe and made serious allegations against Hacim Thaci (54), the former KLA leader and Prime Minister of Kosovo. In the summer of 2020, charges of war crimes were brought against Thaci in The Hague; he is said to be responsible for about 100 murders.
Marty himself now assumes that the threat comes from circles close to the Serbian secret service, Amnesty writes in the statement. They hired professional killers to murder him and shift the responsibility to Kosovo, so the assumption. The Serbian embassy in Switzerland denies the allegations. (gbl)
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