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Swiss row over Libya apology


A row’s blown up in Switzerland over the Swiss President’s apology to Libya. Hans Rudolf Merz flew to Tripoli to say sorry to Colonel Gaddaffi when one of Gaddafi’s sons and daughter in law were arrested in Geneva. The Libyans retaliated by arresting 2 Swiss businessmen, threatened to cut off oil and banned the main Swiss airline flying to Libya.

But now Swiss Regional Justice Minister Charles Juillard has waded in saying under an agreement made between the two sides an arbitration panel should have been set up to see if the Swiss police had acted correctly. His point: the Swiss executive, ie The President, should not have interferred in the judicial process over Hannibal Gaddaffi’s arrest for allegedly abusing two domestic servants in a Geneva hotel. Now the Swiss government is going to debate the issue. Libya wanted an apology as the price of re-establishing normal relations. Meanwhile Gaddafi’s son and his wife have been released – this all happened a year ago – and the the case against them quietly dropped.

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