Case of 8-year-old boy's arrest gains global media attention
The case of an 8-year-old boy being arrested for trying to use carnival money in a shop in canton Basel-Country is now being picked up by the local Swiss People’s Party representative who’s demanding an urgent inquiry into the police’s reaction.
The boy got the toy money at a Fasnacht party earlier in the year. He asked in a shop if he could use it. Staff called the police claiming the boy was trying to pass off counterfeit cash.
The boy had a mug shot taken and his details will stay on record until 2023.
The story is causing mild embarrassment for local officials as it’s now making international news, with the UK’s Guardian newspaper running the item.
Susanne Strub who is the Swiss People’s Party local administrator, says the police need to explain their actions and is demanding the boy’s details are deleted from official records.
The boy’s aunt told the Blick newspaper he’s now scared and doesn’t understand what’s been happening.