Kidnapping of a University of Zurich professor and death of his antivax captor

Published briefly in the German-language media on Friday evening, before being suppressed by a court order, the identity of the kidnapped person puts a political spin on the affair. The investigation has been entrusted to the Zurich Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Why is it serious. The potential danger posed by conspirators operating in Switzerland is clearly identified by the Confederation Intelligence Service (SRC). This service is responsible for protecting the members of the Federal Council, members of parliament, employees of the federal courts and those of the federal administration. 64 threats were directed against these people in 2020, compared to 18 in 2019, according to the survey published in the Tages Anzeiger

facts. It all starts on the evening of March 31, as the details of the Zurich cantonal police

“An unknown person kidnapped a man in the canton of Zurich and threatened him with firearms. That same night, the kidnapper let his victim go. The Zurich cantonal police immediately opened an investigation. These made it possible to identify a 38-year-old German.

Because the in-depth investigation suggested that the suspect had firearms, specialists from the intervention unit were called in for the upcoming arrest. When the latter made the arrest shortly before 8 p.m. in Wallisellen on Wednesday evening, 6 April 2022, the German suddenly pulled out a firearm and used it, probably hitting his companion. The police then used fire. Despite the immediate rescue measures, the man and woman died on the spot.

The research was entrusted to the public prosecutor’s office in Zurich who has opened several criminal proceedings against the kidnapper and the police officers involved in the events on suspicion of intentional manslaughter:

“The intensive investigations conducted during the night from Wednesday to Thursday under the direction of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Canton of Zurich and the Zurich Cantonal Police made it possible to obtain different results. During a search of an apartment in Wallisellen, where the 38-year-old man is said to have stayed, the police found various weapons, including ammunition.

The formal identification of the two deceased individuals has not yet been made and no further information can be given about their identities.

The research is still in its infancy. The precise course of the incident, the circumstances and the precise motive of the 38-year-old German are the subject of several investigations carried out by the police and the prosecutor’s office in collaboration with the Forensic Institute of Zurich and the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the University of Zurich. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information can be provided at this time.”

The Zurich public prosecutor has formally identified the kidnapper and his partner, both living in Switzerland. The medical-legal report confirms that “the 28-year-old young woman died after a shot fired by her 38-year-old companion”.

A third person (a 43-year-old Swiss) in connection with the March 31 kidnapping was arrested on April 7. “His participation in the crime is the subject of an ongoing investigation,” the prosecutor noted.

Contacted by, the Zurich cantonal police does not comment further on this file, referring to the office of the prosecutor of the canton of Zurich. No communication about the current case is expected before Monday 11 April.

Who is the alleged kidnapper? The police investigation and the revelations of the Tages Anzeiger make it possible to draw a preliminary portrait of the 38-year-old German. According to the Zurich daily newspaper, he is “a madman who has kidnapped a national personality for hours. The author had contacts in conspiratorial circles.

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According to various sources, the man in question had founded a company in 2020 with a business partner who was also a representative of the Flat Earth theory, according to which the Earth is flat. He also liked to practice shooting in Spreitenbach, a town in Aargau close to the city of Zurich.

The police investigation should make it possible to establish the real links between this man and the various conspiracy movements operating in the country. It should also determine the rationale for such kidnapping and seizure.

Who was kidnapped? What prompted the police to intervene on April 6 was the March 31 kidnapping report. When the investigation was published on April 8, the “Tagi” revealed the identity of the abductee, but had to quickly give it up:

“The name cannot be mentioned by the editors due to a super preliminary court decision.”

The obvious sign that a personality is protected. Contacted by, the Federal Ministry of the Interior is refusing to comment on the subject. But several well-informed sources deplore the journalistic treatment of the subject. By disclosing the identity of the abductee, the media does not respect the victim’s right to personality and, for obvious security reasons, one should think about protecting the person before making his name public.

This aspect certainly motivated the responsible authorities to intervene with the media who made the identity of the professor concerned public. The latter is a professor at the University of Zurich, works in a hospital in the canton and has been mandated by the confederation to chair an independent committee on health.

Too late… However, the information quickly made the rounds on social networks already buzzing with the name of the kidnapping victim, easily found in the German-speaking Twitter sphere. But chose to respect the victim’s right by not disclosing his name.

The editorial will follow the case in the coming days.

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