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Former secret service chief to get SFr1 million golden handshake

The early retirement of the former head of the scandal-ridden secret service will reportedly cost the taxpayer nearly SFr1 million. According to the Basler Zeitung newspaper, the total cost is around SFr926,000, but the figure has not been confirmed.

This content was published on March 18, 2000 - 17:05

The early retirement of the former head of the scandal-ridden secret service will reportedly cost the taxpayer nearly SFr1 million. According to the Basler Zeitung newspaper, the total cost is around SFr926,000. However, the figure has not been confirmed.

The newspaper says the federal defence ministry will ask the cabinet to approve the sum on Monday.

Regli was suspended over the Bellasi affair last autumn, when it was revealed that Dino Bellasi, a book-keeper with the secret service, had defrauded his employers of nearly nine million francs. Bellasi accused his former boss of ordering him to create a secret intelligence unit, allegations which were later retracted.

Regli was rehabilitated in December but was taken off the job for good following an inquiry, and placed in the archives division.

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