Trevor Kitchen blew the whistle on currency manipulation in 2011 after noticing that his 700,000 Swiss franc pension lost all of its value. His whistleblowing “exposed a scheme in which a major currency trader and several banks in multiple countries colluded to lower the values of the U.S. dollar and the British sterling pound for their own financial gain,” according to prior WNN reporting.
Kitchen was arrested in Portugal on January 19, 2021, on a European arrest warrant, which accused him of “crimes against personal honor, violation of privacy and threats,” according to his Whistleblower of the Week profile. On June 9, 2021, a Court of Appeals in Portugal ruled against a Swiss request for Kitchen’s extradition.
However, Dutch officials detained Kitchen at Schiphol Airport on April 21, 2022, as Kitchen and his wife Juliet were traveling. He was released from detention on May 4.
On May 7, Trevor Kitchen released the following statement to Whistleblower Network News:
For the second time in 17 months, Swiss prosecutor Daniela Senn and Roland Hugo of the Swiss federal Office have conspired to have me arrested, stripped naked and incarcerated in solitary confinement across all 26 European countries.
ALL OF their motives are fake: defamation charges, breaching Swiss secrecy and privacy laws and dishonouring a Swiss banker. In October 2020, prosecutor Senn had already removed $40,000 from my pension, my only source of income. After this, Swiss police warned that if I continue being a rebel and don’t stop reporting Swiss corruption to authorities, their manhunt will be intensified and I would lose more of my pension but if I am wise, I won’t, it’s up to me if I don’t want to lose another tranche of my pension money.
After reporting Jehovah Witness, Andreas Ambach and his lawyer, Olivier Vuillaume (Paradise Papers) to Swiss authorities for malfeasance, coercion and blackmail, they retaliated by using a Swiss prosecutor and police to initiate a malicious criminal defamation complaint. That complaint triggered the Swiss Federal Government to start a vindictive and vicious European extradition manhunt for a Whistle-blower.
First, I was arrested and imprisoned in Portugal in January 2021. Three Portuguese judges denied Switzerland’s extradition request. Senn appealed, Portugal’s supreme court rejected her appeal. After six months of house arrest, in June 2021, I was finally freed from Switzerland’s vindictive retaliation but later surprised to learn my freedom is restricted to Portugal.
My UK lawyer made multiple requests to the Swiss Attorney General to promptly withdraw the warrant and terminate all criminal proceedings against me, noting this is a civil matter, not criminal. However, the Attorney General was fired on corruption charges and suspicious activities related to Russia. His substitute deputies ignored my lawyer’s requests.
I then filed a request to Switzerland’s Federal Office of Police for closure. They respond with the following ambiguous statement; “we hold nothing unlawfully about you in our records.”
On April 21st, 2022, my wife and I were travelling for the first time in years. For the second time in 17 months, while transiting through Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, the European Union’s Schengen Information System (SIS II) was used by Swiss prosecutor Senn to re-arrest and incarcerate me.
We miss our connecting flight, and I was taken to Schiphol’s maximum security detention centre. Once again, I was stripped naked and incarcerated in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day. Nothing has changed, this is the exact same Swiss violent arrest as in Portugal in January 2021.
The airport is packed, hotels too, and my 60-year-old wife was reduced to sleeping on the airport floor with 8 suitcases weighing 370 lbs. She weighs 95 lbs.
After spending 4 nights at the airport, my wife managed to find a tiny 236 sq. ft rental apartment for us to live. It costs $ 2,900 pm. With this and after 14 days in prison, the Judge allowed my release on 4th May, on the condition I hand over my passport and report weekly to Dutch police. Currently, I remain under house arrest while the Dutch courts decide. It’s uncertain for how long.
Europe’s Schengen Information System (SIS II) is used for security and border management in Europe. It enables border guards and migration authorities, to enter and consult alerts on third-country nationals for the purpose of refusing their entry into or stay in the Schengen area. It is “not” intended to facilitate hunting, stalking, and capturing of Whistle-blowers. Malfeasant Swiss prosecution services have abused this system in order to stalk me across the entire European continent. They have done this with malicious intent to inflict long lasting psychological, physical, and financial harm on a Whistle-blower. The damage they have willfully caused to my wife’s health (and mine) is clearly evidenced. This Swiss revenge is engineered to stifle truth and prevent Switzerland’s corrupt practices from being exposed.
Daniela Senn and her extradition expert in Berns Federal Department of Justice, Roland Hugo, last week, confirmed to my Dutch lawyer that they will not remove their extradition order from the European borders Schengen System. Ironically, I will be re-arrested in each one of the 26 Schengen countries and the process will repeat. Or, I can land in Switzerland, lose all my protection rights, and forfeit EU speciality extradition rights, which guarantee a fair trial for the fugitive Whistle-blower. Under new hate of whistle-blower laws, the Swiss are free to do what they like with Whistle-blowers.
I would like to make it perfectly clear; both the Portuguese and Dutch are obliged to follow these EU extradition rules and have treated me fairly. The liability and responsibility for my disproportionate and unjustified treatment, the violent arrests, disrespect of international law, including breaches of human rights and the legal process, rests firmly and solely with the Swiss federal government.
Habeas Corpus rights do not exist in the Swiss justice system. Switzerland’s so-called impartial judges delegate 95 percent of their duties to part-time prosecutors who are only too happy to use their overlord powers to cherry pick at evidence, condemn, judge, sentence and imprison any member of the public they personally feel like punishing. Eighty percent of prisoners are foreigners. As proved in my case, by abusing privileged positions, these hubris persecutors believe they have supreme overlord powers that extend well beyond their jurisdiction and borders.
Official comments documented during Lisbon’s Supreme court hearing by Portuguese and UK defence lawyers.
“This extradition request is politically motivated and constitutes an abuse of process. It is not a bona fide request, it pursues a non-stated purpose and is connected to Whistle-blowing activities.”
“It’s a manifestation of abuse of power by the Swiss authorities and manifestly contrary to the law and the principles governing international judicial cooperation.
“It is an unjustified personal and political persecution, a real perversion of the law. With serious falsehoods, altered documents, abusive interpretations. The Swiss Prosecution Service have obscured and distorted meanings in absolute bad faith with intent to deceive third parties.”
Switzerland’s violent request for the arrest of a 70 year old pensioner, his forced incarceration, is an exacerbated animus puniendi by the Swiss authorities, one that constitutes a real persecution and revenge”.
“It is the Swiss authorities desire for revenge by judicial authorities. Its character is that of political repression and absolutely contrary to law, particularly in accordance with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”
“The fact that the Respondent is a whistleblower, that is, a whistleblower of serious irregularities in the Swiss banking system”.
Reporting crime and wrongdoing in Switzerland is a crime. If they cannot shut a person up, they will lock them up. Putting whistle-blowers and others who speak truth to authority in prison to silence them, is a guaranteed death sentence!
Not one single Swiss, UK, or EU government official, nor Whistle-blower organisation or human rights organisation have offered any help to us throughout this terrifying and soul-destroying act of injustice.
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Portuguese and Dutch justice departments for their fair judgement and understanding.