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Report: 3 Swiss to avoid trial in politically sensitive nuclear smuggling case via Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, November 13, 10:08 AM

BERN, Switzerland — Swiss prosecutors will opt to avoid a public trial for three Swiss men suspected of giving nuclear weapons technology and supplies to a rogue network in Pakistan, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The case is politically sensitive for Switzerland and the United States because of alleged national security implications, the men’s alleged CIA ties, and repeated instances of evidence being destroyed. It involves charges of violating Swiss nonproliferation laws.

The Federal Prosecutors Office in Bern was quoted as saying it plans to use a shortened procedure to require a penalty but no trial if the nation’s top criminal court doesn’t object and the men plead guilty, the Zurich weekly newspaper SonntagsZeitung reported.

Bern prosecutors’ office did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment.

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