Body of Liechtenstein 'Robin Hood' murder suspect found: police

18th August 2014, Comments 0 comments

Liechtenstein police said Monday that a body found last week was that of a self-styled "Robin Hood" suspected of shooting dead a banker whose murder rocked the low-crime principality.

"Apart from clearly-identifiable jewelry and clothing, a comparison of dental records confirmed the identity. The body had a fatal gunshot wound to the head," police said in a statement.

An unprecedented manhunt for the suspect, Juergen Hermann, had been launched after the April 7 slaying of bank boss Juergen Frick in the peaceful Alpine tax haven.

While police had already said that they believed Hermann had committed suicide after the shooting, they had been unable to close the case because they had not found his body.

Last Thursday, police in the southern German state of Bavaria announced that they had found a body in Lake Constance, which is shared by Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and Liechtenstein authorities said they believed it was Hermann.

Forensic tests were carried out Monday in Germany in the presence of two Liechtenstein police officers.

An engineer, financier and technology investor, Hermann was accused of gunning down Frick, head of Liechtenstein's Bank Frick, in the town of Balzers.

Frick was found dead in the bank's underground car-park, with Hermann believed to have followed him in on foot and to have shot him at point-blank range. His presence at the scene was confirmed by security cameras.

Dubbing himself the "Robin Hood of Liechtenstein" on his website, Hermann had spent seven years battling with Bank Frick and the government over alleged wrongdoing that had cost him huge sums.

He also slammed the "financial mafia" which he alleged was running the country of some 37,000 people sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria.

After the shooting, content on Hermann's website was replaced with the English words: "Catch me if you can, dead or alive, reward 200,000,000 CHF" -- or Swiss francs.

The same day, police said they found Hermann's car in one location, and a hand-written confession and clothing in another near the River Rhine, which flows north from Liechtenstein into Lake Constance.


© 2014 AFP

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