An office in Tripoli’s prison was the setting for a meeting between Hannibal Gadaffi and detained Swiss businessman, Max Goldi. A publicity stunt by the leader’s son, or the first signs of a thaw in the diplomatic spat between Libya and Switzerland? The coded language of Goldi’s lawyer suggests a mending of fences, an easing of tension.
“I can say that Hannibal expressed his sympathy and solidarity with Max Goldi. He asked me personally to convey to him the feelings of solidarity and the concern to assist him in his current situation,” said Salah Zahaf, Lawyer of Max Goldi
A police cordon outside the Swiss embassy was evidence feelings continue to run high. The demonstrators were chanting, “Switzerland is against Islam” in protest at the country stopping the building of minarets.
Relations between Switzerland and Libya broke down two years ago when Hannibal Gaddafi was arrested in a Geneva hotel and charged with abusing domestic servants.
He was released and the charges were dropped. The diplomatic stand off continues while Max Goldi begins a four month sentence.