As many as 250 Swiss citizens locked up in foreign jails every year
Each year, around 250 Swiss citizens end up in foreign prisons, according to figures released by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Of those who are currently in jails abroad, less than a third have been found guilty of drug-related offences while others have been convicted of crimes such as armed robbery and burglary. Some of those are serving time behind bars for visa-related offences.
At the moment, 204 Swiss nationals are in jail abroad. Of these, 22 are in French prisons, 20 in Germany, 17 in Spain, 12 in Thailand, 10 in Italy and 10 in the US.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has also said that requests for consular assistance have risen by 80 per cent over the past decade, most likely attributed to an increase in the number of Swiss nationals who are travelling or living abroad.