Switzerland: It's NOT What You Think It Is!

Submitted by admin on Sun, 11/22/2015 - 00:40

Travel Advisory: TRUE STORY of torture & sexual humiliation by Swiss police in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland.

In April 2015 my clinically depressed friend of 15 years Oscar de Llano took an overdose of prescription medication and committed suicide in my house. I didn't live there, it was a house I was renovating, and he was there because his former landlord evicted him. Apparently during an inspection his flat was deemed to be too untidy. Switzerland is like that. Oscar was off on long term sick leave from a job as Unix Systems Administrator at Credit Suisse which he first started in 2003.

He sent me a text message from his mobile phone in the middle of the night saying he tried and failed to kill himself and he would check himself into hospital the next day. It was not the first time.

With a new born baby in the house I was not at liberty to go and check on him right away. I only managed to go and see him around 5pm that day, and discovered his lifeless body. When I called the police to report his death, I was falsely accused of murder by the Swiss police in the canton of Valais, with absolutely no evidence whatsoever.

The police ignored the alibi my partner provided stating I was with her all night and tried to delete his "suicide" text message from my phone right in front of me.

In an attempt to convince my partner to retract her statement that she was with me all night, they made up entirely fabricated stories of Oscar and I leading a double life, of being violent sadomasochistic homosexuals, hosting massive gay orgies in my house, with a veritable dungeon of torture equipment in the attic. Worse still, they said they had films of these wild gay sadomasochistic sex parties taking place in my house, Oscar was in the film, and they thought I was, too.

These were all lies. There were no films. No torture chamber. No wild sex parties.
It all came from the sadistic depraved imagination and fantasies of the Swiss police.

They were all lies. There were no films. No dungeon. No wild sex parties. It all came from the sadistic depraved imagination and fantasies of the Swiss police.

I was denied water, use of a toilet, legal counsel and consular access, while I was tortured to confess, threatened with waterboarding, stripped naked and photographed twice, forced to undergo medical procedures in three separate locations, sleep deprived and jailed for 24 hours in a cel with a smoker -- I am asthmatic and the police seized my ventolin.

When the Swiss police let me go, they seized my house for two whole months as evidence. They searched my girlfriend's house from top to bottom and threatened to "wreck the place" while my partner was holding our 8-month-old baby girl.

They seized my computers and mobile phones and tablets for a month, almost ruining my MBA and destroying my fledgling business because they ignored my repeated requests for at least a copy of my servers so I could continue to work and study.

A month later they said it was all a mistake yet they even kept the clothes they seized off my back for four months, began to harass my partner, summoned her to demand to know my whereabouts despite my lawyer having repeatedly told them : all communication was to come through him.

Finally, in September 2015 the Swiss opened a child protection investigation against us to take our baby girl, and so we fled to Australia.

They still haven't stopped, the prosecutor officially dropped the murder charge in March 2016 (after I sued for loss of earnings) yet the same police and prosecutor who tortured me, summoned me to return from Australia 'to answer some questions' about my alleged mistreatment.

They still haven't stopped, the prosecutor officially dropped the murder charge in March 2016 (after I sued for loss of earnings) yet the same police and prosecutor who tortured me, summoned me to return from Australia 'to answer some questions' about my alleged mistreatment.

Can you imagine a policeman and prosecutor accused of torture, actually investigating themselves?

I refused to go, and those questions turned up three months later : a copy of my tax return & cash flow statements. Even if I had returned from Australia, I would have had to double back to get those, and of course the Swiss already had them anyway. It was a ruse to get me back and torture me until I retracted my complaint.

September 2016, the public prosecutor refused 90% of my damages claim, including the fees of my Amnesty International lawyer.

November 2016, one year after my initial complaint, I received a reply to my human rights abuse claim :
"Why did you wait six months to lodge it?"
I went through four lawyers who ran me from pillar to post, charging $300/hour, who each refused to file my complaint in the end.
One may rightly ask, "Why did a state wait one year to reply to a claim of serious human rights abuse?"
Answer: To bury it.

 

We are here faced by fascists – not just their calculated brutality,
but their belief that they are superior
to every single one of us who is not Swiss.
They hold us in contempt.
They hold our values in contempt.
They hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt.