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Blocher to face immunity panel in April

Former Justice Minister Christoph Blocher has been invited to put the case for his immunity in connection with a probe into an alleged breach of banking secrecy.

This content was published on March 28, 2012 - 17:06 and agencies

The parliamentary panel which is considering the issue has set a date of April 25 for the meeting.

The Zurich justice authorities formally called on parliament on Tuesday to allow a criminal investigation into the strongman of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party.

He is being investigated together with three other people.
Blocher argues his immunity is guaranteed as a member of parliament and, in turn has accused police of searching his office and his private home without a valid legal warrant.
Blocher is suspected of involvement in the publication of controversial foreign currency transactions by the wife of former central bank chairman, Philipp Hildebrand.
The controversy led to the resignation of Hildebrand in January and prompted a series of political debates as well as a reform of the bank’s internal financial regulations.

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