(luk) At the weekly’s request, the federal prosecutor declared “that in December 2019, they had received a criminal complaint from Federal Councilor Alain Berset for suspected extortion (art. 156 StGB)”. The six-page penalty order of September 14, 2020 is the “Weltwoche,” as the outlet writes in its article online today, Saturday. The author of the article is former SVP national adviser and medical historian Christoph Mörgeli.
The trigger for the criminal complaint would be an email in English with seven attachments that was sent to Federal Councilor Berset. This must be personal correspondence between the author of the email and Berset as well as photos from the Federal Council SP. In the letter, Berset was reportedly explicitly asked to pay an “unpaid debt” of 100,000 francs and to notify a date for the remittance of the money. The author also reportedly warned Berset that a confidant had been informed of the content of the offending email. The author had threatened Berset to publish serious allegations from his personal domain if the Federal Council did not comply with the requests.
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