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Swiss politicians want to ban videogames.

Submitted by on March 19, 2010 – 6:14 pm9 Comments


This is rather frightening. The home of cheese, clocks, chocolate and neutrality*… now the new home of censorship. Gamepolitics is reporting that the country’s National Council has passed a pair of resolutions – one proposing making the sale of PEGI-16-or-18-rated games to minors illegal, which is fair enough, the other proposing; (translated from Game Markt) something more ominous. Hit the jump for more.

The Federal Council is asked to submit to Parliament a statutory basis, which allows the manufacture, touting, importation, sale and distribution of game programs, to prohibit, in which cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for the game success.

Which is bananas. Importantly, however, these measures have not been made law yet – however, they are entering the process of working out how to make them law. It’s also worth noting that the less objectionable law was better supported than the, shall we say, more Daily Mail law. It’s always sad when countries decide that their adults are incapable of making adult decisions, and rather than try to fix problems, blame them on something else. Finally, I would like to refer you to Mark Kermode’s comments on the whole ‘videogames are tools of Satan’ thing. The man makes a good point.
*gold star if anyone gets that reference

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  • Harshy

    Alternate article title: When Leftists Rule The World

  • Engles

    I don't think this is really a very left thing of them to do. If anything, it's a right-wing thing; the Swiss politicians proposing this being Christian Democrats, who, in Europe at least, tend toward sociocultural conservatism.

  • Gareth

    This is a bit much, dontcha think? Sure, some games like Manhunt push the envelope too far, but banning anything at Halo's level is far too severe.

  • Jack loach

    Update .Oct. 16th .2010.

    BANK – PARTNERS IN CRIMES.

    Pictet & Cie Bank.

    Ivan Pictet.
    Nicolas Pictet.
    Charles Pictet.
    Jacques de Saussure.
    Jean – Francois Demole.
    Renaud de Planta.
    Philippe Bertherat..

    Pictet & Cie.- claim they are the “Rolls Royce”of Swiss banks.

    Swiss Banks or more correctly Swizz banks.

    Swizz. —- “ a great disappointment.” or a “ fraud.”

    Fraud. —“ an intentional deception or dishonesty.”— “a crime.”

    Crime. —“ an act committed or omitted in violation of a law.”

    Serious Crimes .
    Conspiring to pervert the Course of Justice.
    Perverting the Course of Justice.
    Contempt of Court.

    Pictet & Cie.

    Pictet & Cie Bank –Partners –(1996—2010 )- guilty.
    Peters &Peters – Partners.— (1999—2010 )- guilty.

    The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld crucial documents requested under a High Court order. The bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld evidence from the Police, and one of it’s account managers Susan Broadhead gave a false witness statement .
    Another one of it’s managers Nicholas Campiche ( Now Head of Pictet – Alternative Investments.) concocted a letter pretending to be a client and closed his account. The senior partner (Ivan Pictet.) sought to have numerous documents destroyed,along with those copies held in their London office’s of Pictet Asset Management. Initially stating that they were forgeries then their lawyers Peters & Peters – Monty Raphael –and the barrister Charles Flint.Q.C. later had to admit in Court that the documents were genuine.

    British Parliament. Hansard .29th March 2007.
    Barry Sheerman .M.P.—quote.

    ———“ Constituents of mine have lost £2 million through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie – - a French Bank – - and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being perpetrated.””

    (1) It is a criminal offence for a bank to knowingly act for an undischarged criminal bankrupt in so far as it seeks to assist that criminal bankrupt in the fraudulent movement of monies. ( Money Laundering.)

    (2) It is a criminal offence for a bank to lie to the police and the bankrupts trustee in bankruptcy in so far as any knowledge of, or dealings with the bank was refuted .

    (3) A bank can be guilty of Contempt of Court if it fails to comply fully with the Courts order for discovery .

    (4) The banks contempt is further compounded if it fails to address its error after it is specifically drawn to the to its solicitors attention. ( Monty Raphael).

    (5) It is a criminal offence under the Financial Services Act to seek to destroy evidence that might be relevant to an investigation .

    (6) It is a criminal offence not to relinquish control of funds to the Trustee immediately the fact of the bankruptcy is drawn to the banks attention.

    (7) It is a criminal offence to lie or otherwise obfuscate the lawful and proper enquiries of the F.S.A.

    In the F.S.A. cover up , they concluded that there had been “ Rogue” elements in Pictet & Cie’s , London operations . They had been moved from their London Office so who was there left to prosecute. “ Unbelievable.”

    On Dec 9th,2008. the complaint was sent to 150 Members of the House Of Lords and 230 Members of Parliament.

    *** We thank –David Cameron. M.P. ( Canary Wharf Speech.) Dec. 15th. 2008.
    *** –Now —- The Prime Minister.

    (1) Bankers who behave irresponsibly should face professional consequences.
    (2) If anyone is found to have behaved criminally they must be prosecuted.
    (3) The F.S.A and the Serious Fraud Office should be following up every lead, and
    investigating every suspect transaction .
    (4) We need to make it 100% clear –those who break the law should face prosecution.
    (5) That we make sure we root out any wrongdoing that may have happened,whoever is
    involved,however high or well connected they may be.

    The ‘Doyens’ of the establishment.’ ( Ivan Pictet and Monty Raphael.)

    Ivan Pictet.
    Managing partner in Pictet & Cie Bank . — retiring -. 2010.?
    President of the Geneva Financial Centre. – stepping down. 2010.?
    World Bank.committee member.
    United Nations. Investment Committee member,
    Vice President – Global Humanitarian Forum. — redundant.2010.?
    Member of the Henokiens.
    Blackstone Group — Board Member.
    Past- President – Geneva Private Bankers association.
    Past –President – Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Monty Raphael. ( Peters & Peters.)
    Quote.” —- Doyen of U.K. Fraud lawyers.
    Head of Fraud and Regulatory Dept. — stepping down.?.
    Member of the Law Society of England & Wales.
    International Bar Association Member.
    Director of Fraud Advisory Panel.

    Written Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based subsidiary.

    (2)To ask the secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    On Dec 9th,2008. the complaint was sent to 150 Members of the House Of Lords and 230 Members of Parliament.
    On Aug 19th.2009.another complainants file regarding the “cover up” was forwarded to the same 380 members.

    We started our campaign in June 2008 — via the “net” to highlight our fight to get “justice”. In our second year campaign we hoped to reveal further damning evidence . Due to there being an on going Police investigation into our complaint we are at this moment unable to place dozens of documents on to the “net”. Again we thank other “ E- Mailers” for their information in relation to our campaign.

    Quote. ( America’s Top Lawyer .)

    You can be the richest man in the world with the best lawyers that money can buy but you cannot win against a man who has got nothing left to lose and is telling the truth.

    Truth Hurts.

    • Ivan Pictet. Announces stepping down from Pictet & Cie. 5th Feb 2010.
    June 2010 – stepping down as president. Geneva. Financial Centre.
    • Monty Raphael. Steps down as head .( Peters and Peters ) May. 2009.

    *** We note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From 1999 onwards.

    *** Were currently waiting to see if the Police and other Law Enforcement Bodies attempt to cover this case up like their F.S.A. counterparts. If they do –“ then watch this space.”

    We have recently been informed that due to pressure from our M.P. that the Ministry of Justice have asked Lord Myners to investigate our claims that the F.S.A. covered up the illegal activities of Pictet Asset Management. London.

    The consensus of opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their banking licence’s should be taken away in the U.K. ( and fined.)

    Their solicitors at Peters & Peters — prosecuted and struck off.

    Our Campaign’s Second Year Anniversary this week .
    Started June 6 th 2008. ( almost 2 million E-Mail in two years.)
    Still no injunctions – - -no writs – - – ( they can’t go to Court – - – - it’s all true.)

    *** the Bigger they are – - – - the harder they fall.!!!

    In America – - they would have all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Full Story.

    Go to search box on “Google” and insert ( Ivan Pictet / Monty Raphael) ) – - then try –(Pictet& Cie/MontyRaphael on “Google ”. .
    Or try on Yahoo. – - – ( Charles Flint Q.C.) and (Nicholas Campiche.)
    On Yahoo — try Nicholas Pictet.

  • Jackloach

    *** Were currently waiting to see if the West Yorkshire Police :-
    (1) Chief Constable. — Sir Norman Bettison.
    (2) Forces Solicitor . — Mike Percival .
    (3) Head Of Economic Crime Unit. — Det . Chief Inspector Steven Taylor.
    continue to attempt to cover this case up like their F.S.A. counterparts. If they do –“ then watch this space.”

    We were informed that due to pressure from our M.P. that the Ministry of Justice have asked Lord Myners to investigate our claims that the F.S.A. covered up the illegal activities of Pictet Asset Management. London.
    It has been noted that the book launch for PICTET was held at Lord Myners Belgravia home.We might as well have asked Ivan Pictet to investigate our complaint.-or someone from FRIENDS RE-UNITED.
    Lady Myners on Prix PICTET advisory board.

    The consensus of opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”
    In America —- they would have all been in prison for the last seven years.

  • Anonymous

    WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE ..

     

    We note that Det Chief Inspector Steven Taylor has been
    removed as Head of the Economic Crime Unit and demoted to Det. Inspector. ( One
    down two to go.)

     

    A file of some 339 pages including scores of documentation
    has been forwarded to the following — Aug 4-6th .2011.

     

                             
    640 — Members of Parliament.

                             
    460 — Members of the House of Lords.

                             
    Ministry of Justice.

                             
    F.S.A. – Financial Services Authority. 

                             
    Serious Fraud Office,

                             
    Peters & Peters .London. –   Solicitors.

                             
    Pictet & Cie Bank — London & Geneva.

                             
    West Yorkshire Police Authority.

                             
    I.P.C.C.— Independent Police Complaints Commission.

                             
    C.C.R.C. —   Criminal Cases
    Review Commission.

                             
    Swiss Ambassador London.

  • Anonymous

    WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE ..

     

    We note that Det Chief Inspector Steven Taylor has been
    removed as Head of the Economic Crime Unit and demoted to Det. Inspector. ( One
    down two to go.)

     

    A file of some 339 pages including scores of documentation
    has been forwarded to the following — Aug 4-6th .2011.

     

                             
    640 — Members of Parliament.

                             
    460 — Members of the House of Lords.

                             
    Ministry of Justice.

                             
    F.S.A. – Financial Services Authority. 

                             
    Serious Fraud Office,

                             
    Peters & Peters .London. –   Solicitors.

                             
    Pictet & Cie Bank — London & Geneva.

                             
    West Yorkshire Police Authority.

                             
    I.P.C.C.— Independent Police Complaints Commission.

                             
    C.C.R.C. —   Criminal Cases
    Review Commission.

                             
    Swiss Ambassador London.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RKAKHM4FZZHYFIINDWUGVHP77U Jack

     

    Pictet
    & Cie. Bank – list of crimes.

     

    1996
    — Breach in London.

    2003
    — FSA — States rogues operating in Pictet’s –London

                  Office . Ivan Pictet said
    documents were forgeries but

                  were lated proved to be genuine.
    Had documents held

                  in London office destroyed. (hoping to hide
    crimes.)

                   

    2007
    — Japan.
    —- The Securities and Exchange Surveillance

                  issued a recommendation that the
    Prime Minister and

                  The Commissioner of the FSA to
    take disciplinary

                  action against Pictet Asset Management. Japan
    Ltd.

     

    2008
    — Dec. —Pictet Bank state — “ we have never chosen

                  any funds linked to Madoff.”

     

    2011
    — Madoff Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. For $156 Million.

     

    2011—
    Bank at centre of Bribery and money laundering case.

                 Being sued for $350 million. ( In U.S.A.)

     

    2012.—
    April.– Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax

                 Scheme U.S. Authority states.

     

    2012.—
    July.–   De- Spiegel —- States– Pictet Bank attracts

                 German millionaires by setting up a
    Panama
    – company

                 and using “ non domiciled status”
    in Britain
    to evade

                 paying tax..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RKAKHM4FZZHYFIINDWUGVHP77U Jack

    Pictet
    & Cie. Bank – list of crimes.

    The
    Rolls Royce bank of Switzerland.

     

    1996
    — Breach in London.

    2003
    — FSA — States rogues operating in Pictet’s –London

                  Office . Ivan Pictet said
    documents were forgeries but

                  were lated proved to be genuine.
    Had documents held

                  in London office destroyed. (hoping to hide
    crimes.)

                   

    2007
    — Japan.
    —- The Securities and Exchange Surveillance

                  issued a recommendation that the
    Prime Minister and

                  The Commissioner of the FSA to
    take disciplinary

                  action against Pictet Asset Management. Japan
    Ltd.

     

    2008
    — Dec. —Pictet Bank state — “ we have never chosen

                  any funds linked to Madoff.”

     

    2011
    — Madoff Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. For $156 Million.

     

    2011—
    Bank at centre of Bribery and money laundering case.

                 Being sued for $350 million. ( In U.S.A.)

     

    2012.—
    April.– Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax

                 Scheme U.S. Authority states.

     

    2012.—
    July.–   De- Spiegel — States– Pictet Bank uses  a

                 letterbox company in Panama
    and a tax loophole

                 involving investments in London to gain German

                 millionaires as clients.

    2012
    — Aug. — German Opposition Minister states that Swiss

                 Banks are operating “ Organised
    Crime” in Germany.