immunity is not raised
Roger Koppel has now been threatened with disciplinary measures
SVP national councilor Roger Koppel is protected from immunity from investigation into violations of official confidentiality. The Defense Commission of the National Council follows the Legal Commission of the Council of States. The Office of the National Council should investigate disciplinary measures.
National Council and “Weltoche” boss Roger Koppel is suspected of breaching official secrecy.
SVP National Counselor Roger Koppel (57) doesn’t have to worry anymore. He is protected from immunity from investigation for violation of official confidentiality. The Defense Commission of the National Council followed the Legal Commission of the Council of States, with four votes zero and four votes. However, the Office of the National Council should investigate disciplinary measures.
The Foreign Policy Commission of the National Council, headed by Koppel’s party colleague Franz Grüter (59), filed a criminal complaint against Koppel in early April. There is a suspicion that the National Council has violated official secrecy.
Koppel received the document as a journalist
In late March, Koppel read a confidential information note from the State Department (EDA) in his video format “Weltoche Daily”. He was probably in front of them because he is a member of the Foreign Policy Commission. On the other hand, Koppel himself said that as a journalist he had already found the document.
In May, the National Council’s Immunization Commission asked for Koppel’s immunity to be removed so that the federal prosecutor’s office could investigate him. But the Council of States opposed it.
Temporary exclusion remains possible
The responsible Stockley Commission does not want to leave the assessment of the case to the investigators, but it has only taken up this part for now. It is mainly about “compliance with internal parliamentary rules and practices”, they found. Therefore, in his view, there is no need for process by the federal prosecutor’s office.
Instead, the councilors want to clarify the matter internally. He suggested that the Office of the National Council should investigate the disciplinary measure against Koppel. This could be a warning or a temporary exclusion from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Even at this point, the National Council of Immunity Commission followed that of the Council of States Legal Commission, with a vote of three to five. She also considers internal parliamentary sanctions more expedient. This means that the Council of States is no longer at odds with the Legal Commission and certainly the immunity of the National Councilor Koppel will not be removed. (dBA/LAH)