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Criminal law What does ‘life sentence’ mean in Switzerland?

The trial of a quadruple murderer has reignited the debate on lifelong imprisonment in Switzerland.

Quadruple murder Indeterminate sentence handed to the ‘Beast of Rupperswil’

A 34-year-old man who confessed to slaughtering four people in the northern Swiss town of Rupperswil in December 2015 has been sentenced to an ...

Human rights Is Switzerland about to follow Russia's legal lead?

International treaties or national law – what takes precedence? In Switzerland, a people’s initiative wants to decide this once and for all.