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Moritz Leuenberger on lying in politics: “If a hostage is released, it is probably mostly paid for”.
Are governments allowed to lie to the people in crises? Former Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger thinks it was a mistake to say masks are useless. When it came to ransom payments for hostages, he did not always tell the truth.
On 7 February, the 74-year-old former Federal Councillor told the “NZZ am Sonntag”: “If a hostage is released, it’s probably usually paid.” And further: “But there is no ‘ransom’ on the payment slip, but expenses are debited somewhere,” said the lawyer and SP politician.
The Swiss Foreign Ministry has officially stated that no ransom is paid to free hostages.