May 24, 1997 in Nation/World

Senate Oks Asylum For Swiss Whistle-Blower Associated Press


The Senate approved a bill Friday to grant asylum to Christophe Meili, a Swiss bank guard who saved some Holocaust-era documents from a shredder.

Similar legislation must be approved by the House and signed by President Clinton before Meili and his family are granted permanent residency in the United States.

Meili was working at a bank in Switzerland last January when he came across documents dating to the Holocaust that the bank planned to destroy. He slipped the documents out of the bank and gave them to a Jewish organization.

At a hearing, Meili, 29, said he no longer feels safe in his homeland and that he, his wife and their two children have been threatened. They fled to the United States last month.

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