Switzerland: Armed conspirator killed by police after kidnapping senior vaccine official

Drama against the background of conspiracy† A man was briefly abducted in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, on March 31. A kidnapping that resulted in the violent arrest of a German suspect, who was shot dead by police on Wednesday and shot a woman during the incident.

Initially, Swiss police had been silent about Wednesday night’s shooting, as well as the name and position of the kidnapping victim. But several Swiss media cite well-informed sources, including the Tagesanzeiger and the website, reveal this Saturday that the kidnapped man is the head of the Federal Commission on Vaccinations. A quoted court decision by the time prevents the dissemination of his identity, in order to guarantee his protection.

This Confederation Commission is composed of independent experts who play an important role as a mediator between the government, professional circles and the population in the field of vaccination.

Proponent of the flat earth theory

This press release gives a completely different turn to this affair. The 38-year-old German, previously unknown to the canton police, has been wanted by authorities since March 31, suspected of being the author of the brief kidnapping.

The reason for the kidnapping is not yet clear. According to the Swiss media Watsonthe alleged kidnapper is also said to have been in close contact with conspiracy theorists and “Flat Earthers” (people who believe the Earth is flat).

Police knew the German had firearms and so called in an intervention unit to arrest him when he was spotted in Wallisellen, a town not far from the Alpine country’s financial capital.

Shooting during the arrest

The intervention unit tried to arrest him on Wednesday evening, but the man suddenly pulled out a gun and fired, killing a 28-year-old young woman, who, according to police, is believed to be his partner. The response unit returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

Police found weapons and ammunition during a search of an apartment in Wallisellen where the suspect was said to have been staying, she said this week.

The research is still in its infancy. The exact course of the shooting, the events related to the kidnapping and the German’s motive are the subject of an ongoing investigation. It is carried out by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with the Zurich Cantonal Police and the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the University of Zurich.

According to the Swiss agency ATS, a 34-year-old Swiss man was arrested on Thursday in a neighboring canton of Zurich and referred to the public prosecutor. He has something to do with the kidnapping.

In Switzerland, the antivax and anti-health pass movement, highly virulent on social networks, regularly mobilized several thousand people in 2021 during demonstrations across the country.

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