Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Kenya : Police arrest 8 over Mombasa rampage

Read more

FOCUS

Overfishing and the global appetite for bluefin tuna: can Tokyo turn the tide?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Too many graphic images from Gaza ?

Read more

FASHION

Who's next in Paris, an event with international ready-to-wear and fashion accessories collections

Read more

ENCORE!

Tunisia's Carthage International Festival turns 50

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Muslims and Christians clean up Bangui, and violence spirals out of control in Algeria's Gardaia

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is there such thing as 'telegenic' victims of war?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

2014-07-22 07:21 IN THE FRENCH PRESS

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

Read more

  • US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv over Israel-Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • France gives go-ahead to pro-Palestinian Paris rally

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

    Read more

  • Colombia's Rodriguez signs '€80m' contract with Real Madrid

    Read more

  • A call for harmony in riot-hit ‘Little Jerusalem’ Paris suburb

    Read more

  • Five children among seven killed in minibus crash in eastern France

    Read more

  • Hollande says French warship delivery will ‘depend on Russia’s attitude’

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Ukraine rebels release bodies, black boxes from flight MH17

    Read more

  • Notorious ‘VIP’ prison in Paris closed for renovations

    Read more

  • An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

    Read more

  • Christians in Iraq's Mosul face execution or exodus

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

    Read more

  • Ukraine football players refuse to return home after friendly in France

    Read more

Africa

Swiss businessman released from Libyan prison

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-10

Swiss national Max Goeldi (pictured, right) was released from a Libyan prison Thursday, where he was held for violating immigration laws. His arrest is seen as symptomatic of a diplomatic row that has recently strained ties between the two countries.

REUTERS - Max Goeldi, the Swiss man at the centre of a long-running diplomatic row between Switzerland and Libya, has been released from prison in Tripoli, his lawyer told Reuters on Thursday.

"Goeldi has been freed," Salah Zahaf said. "He is in good condition physically and morally. He is in a hotel in Tripoli right now and on Saturday we will start making arrangements for an exit visa so he can return home."
 
Goeldi, head of Libya operations for Swiss engineering firm ABB, was sentenced in February to four months in prison for violating Libyan immigration rules. His sentence was due to end on Saturday, two days after he was released.
 
The lawyer declined to say which hotel Goeldi was staying in, saying he wanted some privacy in order to rest after being released from a Tripoli jail.
 
There was no immediate confirmation from the authorities in Switzerland that Goeldi had been released.
 
His problems with the Libyan authorities began days after the July 2008 arrest of a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Geneva on charges -- which were swiftly dropped -- of mistreating two domestic employees.
 
Hannibal Gaddafi's arrest at a luxury lakeside hotel unleashed a fierce diplomatic dispute, with Libya stopping oil exports to Switzerland and withdrawing millions of dollars in assets from Swiss banks.
 
The row escalated, drawing in the United States and the European Union and showing that Muammar Gaddafi, even though he renounced illegal weapons programmes and emerged from international isolation, is still prepared to take on Western governments.
 
Libyan officials have denied there is any link between Hannibal Gaddafi's arrest and Goeldi's prosecution.
 
The release of Goeldi may allow Libya and Switzerland to draw a line under the row, which also saw the Libyan leader declare a "jihad" on Switzerland. His officials later said he meant a trade embargo, not a holy war.
 
Goeldi was put on trial along with another Swiss citizen, Rachid Hamdani. He was allowed to leave Libya in February after a court cleared him of the charges.

 

Date created : 2010-06-10

  • LIBYA

    Swiss national to seek amnesty for visa violation sentence

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Court finds Swiss man not guilty of breaking business rules

    Read more

  • LIBYA

    Court drops case against Swiss businessman

    Read more

COMMENT(S)