The information of many suspects, including persons affiliated with criminal organizations and violators of human rights, who have an account at the Swiss bank Credit Suisse, was leaked to the press in February 2022 and published by 48 media companies from around the world.
The leak involved more than 18,000 accounts worth more than $100 billion in total, including business people subject to sanctions.
The identity of the person or organization responsible for the leak of accounts held from the 1940s to the 2010s was unknown.
According to Swiss media, federal prosecutors launched a criminal case for violating banking secrets and damaging Credit Suisse after receiving an official complaint.
While “economic intelligence” misdemeanor is considered a “political crime” in Switzerland, prosecuting political crimes in the country also requires authorization.