Security: Minaret Ban not Influential, Though Spies Are After the Banks

According to a recent report by the Swiss Intelligence Services (SIC), the ban on the construction of minarets has not led to a heightened risk of Islamic terrorism in the country. Nonetheless, the SIC states that Islamic terrorism remains “one of the most present threats” to the Switzerland, and that the state should not lower its guard. Conversely, according to the SIC report one of the most important risks to Swiss security is the espionage that foreign states have employed with regard to Swiss banks.

The report comes about at a rather uncomfortable moment for the SIC, currently under investigation for having gathered information concerning over 100 000 individuals without having respected prevailing norms.