Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gaddafi abuse complaints withdrawn...

Two employees who sparked a diplomatic row between Switzerland and Libya after filing complaints against Moammar Gaddafi's son have withdrawn charges of physical abuse.

Geneva lawyer Fran├žois Membrez, who represents the two, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife Aline were charged by a Swiss magistrate with inflicting physical injuries and using threats and force against two of their staff, while staying at a hotel in Geneva. 

The Gaddafis had denied the allegations and were released on SFr500,000 ($476,500) bail. 

They left the country but the case escalated into a diplomatic row, with Libya taking retaliatory measures, including arresting two Swiss nationals on alleged immigration violations. 

The withdrawal of the complaints was a condition imposed by Libya to end the crisis with Switzerland. 

Alain Berger, the lawyer representing the Gaddafis, said: "If it is true, it is excellent news." He was still awaiting official confirmation.


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