Violator of laws or whistleblower?

by Bill McLaughlin

Meili granted US political asylum from Switzerland after violating banking
laws. Called hero by US leaders. Led to huge recovery of Nazi era stolen Jewish

See “Christoph Meili,” Wikipedia:

Michel Christopher “Christoph” Meili (born 21 April 1968)[1] is a Swiss-American whistleblower and security professional.

In early 1997, Meili had been working as a night guard at the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS, precursor of UBS AG) in Zürich, Switzerland. He discovered that officials at UBS were destroying documents about orphaned assets, believed to be credit balances of deceased Jewish clients whose heirs’ whereabouts were unknown, as well as books from the German Reichsbank.[2] They listed stock accounts for companies in business during the Holocaust, including BASF, Degussa, and Degesch.[3] They listed real-estate records for Berlin property that had been seized by the Nazis, placed in Swiss accounts, and then claimed to be owned by UBS.[4] Destruction of such documents is against Swiss laws.[5][6] The “saved” documents reportedly predate the Nazi period, dating from 1897 to 1927.[7]

On 8 January 1997,[8] he took some bank files home. After a telephone conversation, he handed them over to a local Jewish organization, which brought the documents to the police, and eventually to the press, which published the document destruction on 14 January 1997. The Zürich authorities opened a judicial investigation against Meili[7] for suspected violations of the Swiss laws on banking secrecy,[9] which is a prosecutable offense ex officio in Switzerland.[10]

After Meili and his family reported receiving death threats they fled to the United States and were granted political asylum via private bill….

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