According to Swissinfo, the Federal criminal court of Bellinzona came to the conclusion that it is not empowered to conduct the proceedings against the top Manager of Gazprom and former Manager of the Swedish-Swiss ABB, suspected of corruption. Thus, the court took the side of protection, claiming that the Russian gas company was not a state official. This means that it does not fall under article of the Swiss penal code concerning penalties for corruption involving a foreign public servant.
Although the court recognized that the fact of a bribe took place, none of the defendants will now have to receive compensation in the amount of 160 thousand Swiss francs ($166 thousand).
Swissinfo does not name the names of the defendants, however, Forbes indicates that we are talking about the head of the Department on transportation, underground preservation, and use of gas of “Gazprom” Alexander Shaikhutdinov, and former head of the “ABB Russia” Vladimir Ushakov.