Swiss bankers alarmed as 'acid' parcels cause injuries

26th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

The banking industry in Geneva was alarmed on Wednesday after six bankers in the Swiss city received booby-trapped parcels containing what was thought to be sulphuric acid.

Three people, including a child, were injured when they opened the parcels which were sent through the post, regional investigating magistrate Alexandre Graber told AFP.

"At least six bankers received parcels," he said.

"We cannot rule out that other parcels were sent but the recipients would not have opened them yet if they are on holiday," Graber added.

The child suffered wounds to the hands and knees, the magistrate said.

The packages received by post on Monday by people working in the financial services industry or their family contained a small pot with a highly corrosive liquid.

Some were addressed to the bankers's wives, lawyer Michel Halperin told AFP.

News of the attacks surfaced in a local newspaper on Tuesday.

Halperin, legal counsel for some of the victims, said one of his clients was sprinkled with a liquid "probably sulphuric acid" from the parcel.

"The person reacted swiftly by washing their wounds with water. They only have superficial wounds and their clothes were damaged," he said.

Another victim was taken ill after breathing fumes from the substance.

The addresses on the parcels were written by hand using a type of stencil and postmarked August 22.

Halperin said the parcels posted in Switzerland did not contain any messages or a letter.

Police have alerted banks and financial services firms in Geneva to the danger.

Private bankers contacted by AFP said they were worried that more parcels would be sent, and declined to be identified in case their names and bank appeared in the media.

Geneva police refused to give details on their investigation.

© 2010 AFP

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