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1998 Swiss Guard case may be reopened

The Vatican said it might reopen the investigation into the 1998 Swiss Guard tragedy, but labelled the accusation of two French lawyers against it as unacceptable.

The Vatican Press Office responded in a statement to the accusations of lawyers Jacques Verges and Luc Brossolet, hired by Muguette Baudat, mother of Swiss Guard Cedric Tornay.

On Friday, Brossolet said in Rome that "the only means of expression of Vatican justice are secrecy, silence and abuse."

According to the Vatican, on 4 May 1998, Swiss Guard Vice Corporal Tornay, 23, in a fit of madness, killed Swiss Guard Colonel Alois Estermann and his wife, Gladys Meza Romero, in their home in the Vatican, before committing suicide.

The lawyers Verges and Brossolet say the Vatican's official version is erroneous. They claim that Tornay was killed by another person -- hence, their call for the reopening of the investigation.

The Zenit news agency points out that Verges is famous for his defense of figures such as Nazi Klaus Barbie, German head of the Gestapo in Lyon, France, and former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Accused Murder's Mom Blasts Vatican (AP)
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Swiss Guard (Vatican website)
Keepers of the Faith (Time 3/6/02)


9 Jul 2002