Press releases 2021


Entry ban reduced to eight years for Bulat Chagaev

The Federal Administrative Court sets the expiry date of Bulat Chagaev’s ban on entering Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Schengen Area for 26 August 2026.


Swisscom: Sanction largely upheld

In 2015, the Swiss Competition Commission sanctioned Swisscom with an amount of CHF 7.9 million for abusing its dominant market position in the context of a tender of the Swiss Post. The Federal Administrative Court essentially rejects the appeal against that ruling but reduces the amount to be paid to approximately CHF 7.4 million.


Complaint against compulsory masks on public transport rejected

The Federal Administrative Court upheld the decision of the Federal Office for Public Health to dismiss a complaint filed by 396 private individuals without entering into the substance of the case. The latter had asked the Federal Office to declare that they were not obliged to wear a face mask on public transport.


Islamic terrorism: Revocation of Swiss citizenship justified

The Federal Administrative Court confirms the revocation of Swiss citizenship from a Swiss-Turkish dual national who organised propaganda-based and proselytic activities on behalf of the “Jabhat Al-Nusra” terror group and helped two “foreign fighters” get to the Syria/Iraq war zone. The court finds that the appellant’s actions caused significant harm to Switzerland’s national interests and reputation.


Member of the ‘Ndrangheta barred from entry to Switzerland for 20 years

The Federal Administrative Court has upheld the decision of the Federal Office of Police imposing a twenty-year ban on entry to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on an influential member of the 'Ndrangheta. The Court ruled that the Italian national represents a serious threat to Switzerland’s internal and external security.


Hardship case: residence permit extended for a transgender Mauritian national

The Federal Administrative Court has approved the extension of the residence permit for a transgender Mauritian national for important personal reasons. Since her country of origin does not recognise transgender persons, the Court deemed that the appellant’s reintegration and medical follow-up would be in jeopardy if she were to return to Mauritius.


Risk of damage for Switzerland with regard to access to official documents

Swiss Export Risk Insurance has rightly denied a journalist access to official documents on the basis of an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act. The Federal Administrative Court made the decision.


Cough medicine containing psychoactive substances not to be sold in drugstores

The Federal Administrative Court has issued two pilot judgments supporting Swissmedic’s decision to classify certain cough medicines as prescription-only medications. Their active substances are classed as psychoactive and may only be dispensed by doctors and pharmacists in accordance with the revised legislation on therapeutic products.


Federal Criminal Court must pay judge’s legal fees

A Federal Criminal Court judge must be compensated for the legal fees that she incurred following the publication of a supervisory report by the Federal Supreme Court and statements made by its President. This decision was made by the Federal Administrative Court.


DAB+ licence for French-speaking Switzerland

The Federal Administrative Court has upheld the decision of the Federal Communications Commission and approved the award of an additional DAB+ licence for French-speaking Switzerland to DABCOM SA. The bid submitted by DABCOM SA obtained the highest score in terms of media diversity and economic efficiency.


Naxoo SA sanctioned for abusing its dominant position

The Federal Administrative Court (FAC) upholds, in principle, the sanction imposed by the Competition Commission on Naxoo SA for abusing its dominant position. However, it reduces the amount to be paid to around CHF 3.25 million.


Residence permits rightly refused

The Federal Administrative Court has upheld the refusal to approve the granting of residence permits to a former high-ranking Venezuelan official and his family. The court considers that the applicant represents a threat to public order and safety in Switzerland and may harm the country's reputation and international relations.


Chlorothalonil: Second interim order

The Federal Administrative Court grants Syngenta Agro AG's requests for precautionary measures. For the time being the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office is required to refrain from denoting four degradation products of chlorothalonil as being "toxicologically relevant".


Dublin procedure: judgment on the right to family life

In accordance with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to family life needs to be taken into consideration in the Dublin procedure even if a family member in Switzerland does not have a secure right of residence. This is what the Federal Administrative Court has decided in a landmark judgment.


Residence permit extension denied for French doctor

The Federal Administrative Court has rejected a request from a French doctor to extend his residence permit. The court ruled that as a result of previous convictions and ongoing criminal proceedings, this individual presents a real threat to public order in Switzerland, especially for those covered by national health insurance.


Appeal by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd granted

For the time being, Pilatus does not have to discontinue its support of maintenance and repair services in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This is the decision of the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.


Asylum granted to well-known couple from Kazakhstan

The Federal Administrative Court is granting asylum to a Kazakh couple who are now divorced. It rules that the couple, who previously held high-ranking positions in the Kazakh regime, are at risk of being subject to unfair criminal proceedings if they return to the country.


Italian group request for administrative assistance in tax matters is admissible

The Federal Administrative Court rejects the appeal of two Italian taxpayers and confirms that their bank details can be sent to the Italian tax authority. The Italian group request for administrative assistance in tax matters regarding so-called “recalcitrant Italian taxpayers” which are identified based on a behavioural model is admissible.



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