Frenchmen's stun guns and masks fall foul of Swiss

James Savage
James Savage - [email protected] • 4 Feb, 2011 Updated Fri 4 Feb 2011 12:38 CEST

Swiss border guards on Thursday showed off an "exceptional seizure" of 42 disguised stun guns brought into the country by French men carrying teen horror movie "Scream" face masks.

Swiss border guards on Thursday showed off an "exceptional seizure" of 42 disguised stun guns brought into the country by French men carrying teen horror movie "Scream" face masks. The men were in Switzerland after landing in Geneva on a flight from Bangkok.
 

The items, allegedly bought in Thailand, included 'Tazers' disguised as cellphones or torches, Osama Bin Laden, Vladimir Lenin and "Scream" face masks, laser devices, and counterfeit watches.
 

Three of the six 20-25 year-olds from the Lyon region in neighbouring France were "known" to French police but were not the subject of a warrant, Geneva police spokesman Eric Grandjean said.
 

"They were released several hours after they were detained because the only thing that could be held against them was the import of illegal material," Grandjean added. Stun guns are regarded as illegal weapons in Switzerland.
 

"It's an exceptional seizure," said federal customs office spokesman Michel Bachar.
 

The men were about to take a train from Geneva, by the French border, to nearby Lyon when they were searched, having flown into Switzerland from Bangkok.
 

Authorities said the fines were in the post.

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