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Swiss mayor suspended over nude selfies taken in office

It is alleged that he sent the photos to a female colleague.

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THE MAYOR OF the Swiss town of Baden, who is also a member of parliament, was suspended today following allegations that he sent nude selfies taken at work to a woman friend.

Nude photos

Geri Muller, 53, who holds a seat for the Greens in the legislature’s lower house, was temporarily relieved of his mayoral duties in the small town northwest of Zurich after the Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday that he had sent the nude pictures taken on his mobile phone to a female acquaintance.

Muller quickly reacted in a statement by his lawyer, saying the woman, who was not named, had threatened to go public about the photos.

Questioning 

The mayor, who is on the lower house foreign affairs committee, said he himself had asked the police to intervene, said his lawyer, adding that Baden police had taken the woman in for questioning on Thursday.

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The city council statement said Muller was suspended pending “clarification of the situation” but that he was presumed innocent while enquiries were underway.

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