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Secret files report produces fallout

A former secret service chief has been forced to renounce a special mandate in the justice ministry following criticism by parliament over secret files.

Urs von Daeniken, who has been involved the reorganisation of the Federal Prosecutors Office, will give up his assignment as project manager according to a justice ministry statement on Friday.

However, he will keep his post in the administration of the justice ministry.

On Wednesday, a parliamentary watchdog body published a report accusing the internal secret service of holding files of up to 200,000 people in violation of the law.

The report slams von Daeniken, who led the service between 2001 and 2009, for alleged mismanagement and for neglecting quality control.

The storing of secret information has been a sensitive issue in Switzerland since a major scandal in the early 1990s when it was found that during the course of the century hundreds of thousands of people had been put under surveillance.

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