Kidnapping of a professor from the University of Zurich and death of his antivax captor


Briefly published in the German-speaking media on Friday evening, before being suppressed by court order, the identity of the kidnapped person gives a political twist to the case. The investigation has been entrusted to the Zurich public prosecutor’s office.

Why is it serious. The potential danger of conspirators operating in Switzerland is clearly identified by the Confederation’s Intelligence Service (SRC). This service is responsible for protecting the members of the Federal Council, parliamentarians, employees of the federal courts and those of the federal administration. 64 threats targeted these people in 2020, compared to 18 in 2019, according to the survey published in the Tages Anzeiger.

Facts. It all starts on the evening of March 31, as detailed by the Zurich cantonal police:

“An unknown person abducted a man in the canton of Zurich and threatened him with firearms. The same evening, the kidnapper let his victim go. The Zurich cantonal police immediately opened an investigation. These made it possible to identify a 38-year-old German.

As the in-depth investigations suggested that the suspect had firearms, specialists from the intervention unit were called in for the upcoming arrest. When the latter made the arrest on Wednesday evening April 6, 2022 in Wallisellen shortly before 8 p.m., the German suddenly pulled out a firearm and used it, probably hitting his companion. The police then used fire. Despite the rescue measures immediately implemented, the man and the woman died on the spot.

The investigation was entrusted to the Zurich public prosecutor’s office, which opened several criminal proceedings for suspicion of intentional homicide against the kidnapper and the police officers involved in the events:

“The intensive investigations carried out overnight from Wednesday to Thursday under the direction of the public prosecutor of the canton of Zurich and by the cantonal police of Zurich made it possible to obtain other results. During a search of an apartment in Wallisellen, where the 38-year-old man is said to have stayed, the police found various weapons, including ammunition.

The formal identification of the two deceased persons has not yet been made and no further information can be given on their identity.

The investigation is still in its infancy. The exact course of the incident, its circumstances as well as the precise motive of the 38-year-old German are the subject of the various investigations carried out by the police and the public prosecutor’s office in collaboration with the Forensic Institute of Zurich and the Institute of Forensic Medicine of the University of Zurich. Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information can be provided at this time.”

The Zurich public prosecutor has formally identified the kidnapper and his partner, both domiciled in Switzerland. The forensic report confirms that “the 28-year-old young woman died following a shot fired by her 38-year-old companion”.

A third person (a 43-year-old Swiss) in connection with the March 31 abduction was arrested on April 7. “His participation in the crime is the subject of ongoing investigations,” notes the public prosecutor.

Contacted by, the cantonal police of Zurich does not express itself further on this file, referring to the office of the prosecutor of the canton of Zurich. No communication on the current case is expected before Monday, April 11.

Who is the alleged kidnapper? The police investigation and the revelations of the Tages Anzeiger make it possible to draw a preliminary portrait of the 38-year-old German. According to the Zurich daily, he is “a madman who kidnapped a national figure for hours. The author had contacts in conspiratorial circles.

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According to different sources, the man in question had founded a company in 2020 with a business partner who was also a representative of the Flat Earth theory, according to which the earth is flat. He also liked to practice shooting in Spreitenbach, a town in Aargau close to the city of Zurich.

The police investigation should make it possible to establish the real links between this man and the various conspiratorial movements active in the country. It must also determine the motivations for such kidnapping and sequestration.

Who was kidnapped? What prompted the police to intervene on April 6 was the reported kidnapping of March 31. When publishing its investigation on April 8, the “Tagi” disclosed the identity of the kidnapped, but had to quickly renounce it:

“the name cannot be mentioned by the editorial staff due to a super-provisional court decision.”

The obvious sign that a personality is protected. Contacted by, the Federal Department of the Interior refuses to comment on the subject. But several well-informed sources deplore the journalistic treatment of the subject. By disclosing the identity of the kidnapped, the media do not respect the victim’s right to personality and, for obvious security reasons, one must first think about the protection of the person before revealing his name publicly.

This aspect certainly motivated the authorities in charge to intervene with the media that published the identity of the professor concerned. The latter holds a professorship at the University of Zurich, is active in a hospital in the canton, and has been mandated by the Confederation to chair an independent commission in the field of health.

Too late… The information, however, quickly made the rounds of social networks which are already buzzing with the name of the victim of the kidnapping, easy to find in the German-speaking Twittersphere. But chose to respect the right of the victim by not disclosing his name.

The case will be followed by the editorial staff in the coming days.


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