ZURICH, April 7 The chief executive officer of
Liechtenstein private bank Frick was shot dead in the
underground car park of the bank's headquarters in the tiny
Alpine principality on Monday, Swiss broadcaster SRF reported on
Liechtenstein police said a 48-year-old man had been shot
dead in the car park of a bank in the village of Balzers near
the Swiss-Liechtenstein border early on Monday, without giving
his name or that of the bank.
SRF online identified the dead man as Juergen Frick, head of
the family-run Bank Frick, based in Balzers.
An employee of Bank Frick's London branch declined to
comment when contacted by Reuters. Its headquarters in
Liechtenstein remained closed on Monday due to a death, a
message recorded on the bank's phone line said.
The police said they were hunting the suspected gunman, whom
they named as former-fund manager Juergen Hermann from the
Liechtenstein municipality of Mauren, after he fled the scene in
a grey and white Smart car.
The police said they assumed the suspected killer may have
committed suicide after his driving licence and passport were
found near the river Rhine.
"In the passport there were handwritten notes confessing to
the crime as well as parting words," the police said in a
In an undated biography available on his website, Hermann
describes himself as the "Robin Hood of Liechtenstein, public
enemy No. 1" as well as demanding the "return of investments
worth millions that were destroyed by the Liechtenstein
Bank Frick was founded in 1998 and opened a branch in the
Mayfair district of London in 2011.
(Reporting by Alice Baghdjian and Albert Schmieder; Editing by