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Fury as Swiss website targets foreign criminals

Lyssandra Sears · 30 Mar 2012, 09:36

Published: 30 Mar 2012 10:31 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Mar 2012 09:36 GMT+02:00

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Lawyers in Zurich are filing a complaint against the owner of a Swiss website for public incitement to crime and violence against suspected criminals of foreign origin.

Willi Frommenwiler, president of the Bern Car Party (Auto-Partei) which promotes the rights of car drivers, is being taken to court over controversial material posted on his website, kriminelle-auslaender.ch (criminal-foreigners), online news website 20 Minutes reported.

The website seeks to make public any photographs or descriptions of foreigners suspected of committing crimes in Switzerland. The pictures had been downloaded from cantonal police sites.

In a Western-like fashion, the words “Wanted – dead or alive” were written across each of the photographs, the newspaper reported. At the time of writing, it appears that these words have been removed.

The site criticises the media and politicians for not taking seriously the problem of crime committed by foreigners and for concealing the facts. The text goes on to remind the reader that foreigners have murdered citizens, raped Swiss girls, and committed fraud.

“This is extreme, and criminal charges should be brought,” Christine Egerszegi, Councillor of the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland, told the newspaper.

The website has angered politicians from other quarters too: Geri Müller from the Green Party criticised the promotion of vigilante justice; Swiss People’s Party member Ulrich Giezendanner and Social Democrat Chantal Galladé said that such agitation against foreigners could not be tolerated.

But Frommenwiler said he does not understand the fuss.

“I do not want to shoot anybody,” he told 20 Minutes.

This is not the first time that Frommenwiler has been in trouble with the law for racist material. He posted an article on the Car Party website entitled, “The Blacks of Thunersee”, in which he claimed that “in Switzerland at the end of 2007 there were almost 41,000 primates in the asylum field.”

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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