Switzerland is to request that the European Court of Human Rights have the case of Doğu Perinçek referred to the Grand Chamber for review. The decision was made by the Federal Office of Justice (FoJ). A review would clarify the scope available to the Swiss authorities in applying Swiss criminal law to combat racism.
Within the framework of the International Cocoa Organisation's meeting in Switzerland, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO has for the first time organised the interactive cocoa forum. In a number of small moderated groups, various international stakeholders along the cocoa value chain shared their experiences and challenges in implementing the Global Cocoa Agenda.
The Blue Diversion toilet, developed by Eawag - the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, together with the Vienna-based design firm EOOS, has been awarded the innovation prize for the best applied research by the International Water Association (IWA). Now the team is looking for an industrial partner and investors, so that Blue Diversion can be mass produced.
(FSO) - According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), industrial production rose by 0.4% in the 4th quarter 2013 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Turnover stagnated. Orders received decreased by 0.6% while orders on hand grew by 2.0%.
The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has investigated Switzerland’s connections to the multibillion investment fraud perpetrated by US investment broker Allen Stanford. The criminal investigation on suspicion of money laundering has been closed and all of the assets remaining in Switzerland will be given over to the benefit of the investment fraud victims. The company Stanford Group (Suisse) AG in Liquidation has been punished with a fine of CHF 1 million for aggravated money laundering and sentenced to pay compensatory claims in an amount of somewhere between CHF 6 and 9 million, as well as to bear the costs of the proceedings. The criminal prosecution of the Texan Allen Stanford and his two accomplices has been abandoned on grounds of their conviction in the USA.