Finance minister's son charged with robbery
A government minister’s son has been handed a suspended prison sentence for robbery.
One of Ueli Maurer’s sons was charged after he tried to force someone to take cash from an ATM. The offence was back in January 2016. The court rejected defence requests to impose reporting restrictions.
Ueli Maurer is the current finance minister.
The man’s defence team tried to argue he was under constant pressure due to his father’s position.
The police say he resisted arrest and then damaged a cell.
The court also heard the man crashed a car while drunk and insulted a train ticket inspector.
He’s been fined CHF 5,000 in addition to the suspended sentence.
The defendant told the court he was sorry and has learned from his mistakes.