A convicted repeat offender who was born and grew up in Switzerland faces deportation.
The turkish citizen, born in 1973, started breaking the law in his twenties and received his first official warning at the age of 22 for crimes committed abroad, according to the Aargauer Zeitung.
Eventually the man ended up facing charges in 2014 and was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison, 6 months behind bars, for organized theft which took place in 2005 and 2007. This conviction resulted in the State Secretariat for Migration taking away the man’s Swiss residence permit, a decision upheld by Aargau’s cantonal court. The man had been warned this would happen if he continued to break the law.
Following this the 44-year-old went to the Federal Tribunal, Switzerland’s highest court, hoping to have the decision overturned, claiming that loss of residency was excessive.
The Federal Tribunal disagreed, pointing out the man had committed close to 20 offenses including threatening with weapons, simple bodily injury and drug trafficking. It also mentioned how the man made close to half a million francs from organized theft.
In 2010, 52.9% of Swiss voters agreed that foreigners convicted of certain crimes should be deported.
Aargauer Zeitung article (in German)