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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 01/26/2010

Security jitters at Davos


The annual gathering of business and government leaders every year at Davos is one of the world's most heavily secured big events, with wide, fortified perimeters and heavily armed police surrounding the main event site in this Alpine town.

So, there was much buzz and some concern among participants when it emerged that the man responsible for security in the area had died suddenly. The authorities said it appeared he had committed suicide in a hotel room here.

The World Economic Forum's founder, Klaus Schwab, and its chief operating officer, André Schneider, issued a statement saying they had learned "with great sadness and regret... of the tragic death of the Graubünden Cantonal Police Chief, Dr [Markus] Reinhardt."

It was short and in most respects a note you would expect them to send: "During the many years during which we co-operated with him over security for our Annual Meeting at Davos, we appreciated his professionalism and his kindness."

But the final line revealed an awareness of the jitters that underlie an event that brings together 2,500 leaders and has been the target in the past of protests, sometimes violent: "The Security Forces continue to have our full confidence and trust in their work."

By  | January 26, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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I am glad WaPo picked up this story. The head of security at such an important international event committing suicide on the eve of its opening? There must be more to it than chance.
*removes tinfoil hat*

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