Swiss official to submit nuke smuggling probe soon

AP News
Posted: Oct 22, 2010 12:47 PM
Swiss official to submit nuke smuggling probe soon

A Swiss investigating magistrate says he will submit the findings of his probe into an alleged nuclear smuggling ring to prosecutors before the end of the year.

Andreas Mueller says federal prosecutors will examine his report before deciding whether to bring charges against three Swiss engineers suspected of supplying a Pakistan-based black market network with nuclear weapons technology.

The six-year probe was slowed down by the fact that the Swiss government repeatedly ordered evidence destroyed, claiming it contained material sensitive to national security.

Zurich daily Blick reported Friday that copies of some of the shredded files have resurfaced and could form part of the case against Urs Tinner, his brother Marco and their father Friedrich.