Appeal rejected in nuclear spy case

The European Court of Human Rights has turned down an appeal lodged by two Swiss brothers accused of aiding a nuclear weapons ring.

This content was published on April 26, 2011 minutes and agencies

Urs and Marco Tinner had complained about the duration of their pre-trial detention as well as the length of the legal procedure in general. However, the Strasbourg-based court has rejected their appeal.

A second appeal regarding the destruction of key documents is still pending. Citing national security issues, the Swiss government had ordered certain documents to be shredded.

Along with their father, the Tinners are suspected of illegally supplying goods to Libyans as part of a secret nuclear arms programme that started in the late 1970s.

The brothers were in Swiss custody from 2005 until 2008 and 2009, respectively.

The Tinner case is still pending with Switzerland’s federal prosecutor.

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