Geneva court refuses to investigate killings

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A criminal court rules that three Vatican killings from 1998 are outside Swiss judgment.

3 December 2008

GENEVA - A Geneva court refused Monday to open an investigation into triple killings within the Pope's Swiss guards in 1998, siding with the city's prosecutor general that the case lay outside Swiss judgment.

The criminal court of appeal rejected a plea to investigate the killings by the mother of Cedric Tornay, a corporal in the Swiss guards at the Vatican who was found dead in his boss's apartment.

The Vatican dropped the case after concluding Tornay killed Swiss guards' commander Alois Estermann and his wife after failing to receive a medal, and then committed suicide.

In Switzerland, Geneva's prosecutor general also closed the case, judging it outside the responsibility of Swiss authorities.

But Tornay's mother indicated on Monday that she would continue to use the legal system to gain information about her son's death.

"It is possible that the federal tribunal (Switzerland's highest judicial authority) will be seized," her two lawyers said, arguing the country was responsible for investigating the death of one of its citizens abroad.

[AFP / Expatica]

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