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Switzerland: "crazy" expenses of army officers

Helicopter transfers and luxury dinners at the expense of taxpayers

A Swiss prove carried out by the former Zurich prosecutor Cornel Borbély, brought to light by the local press, made it possible to discover how funds were spent by the armed forces, especially by senior army officers. The judge in charge of the protection of personal data intervened to publish the documents relating to the investigation, appealing to the law on transparency and removing the veto imposed by the federal department of defense. These include helicopter transfers for wives (costing around 10,900 francs per flight hour), golf matches, lavish dinners, banquets, parties and private expenses for a total cost of a few million Swiss francs, paid through taxpayers' taxes. Expenses of dubious necessity which, however, are not actually punishable since they occurred when there was still no regulation for military personnel expenses, introduced at the beginning of September this year by the Army Chief of Staff Philippe Rebord, also meddled in this investigation.

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