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Max Goeldi flies to Switzerland, Swiss thank Germany, Spain (update)

Update 19:00  [Video] Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Max Goeldi, the Swiss businessman held by Libya for nearly two years on what eventually became charges for visa irregularities, flew home to Switzerland via Tunis late Sunday night, arriving at Zurich Airport at 01:20 for an emotional reunion with his family (TSR, Fre). Monday he gave a […]

Switzerland, Libya sign agreement, Goeldi flying home (update 3)

Update 3 / 14 June  Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss businessman Max Goeldi, freed from prison in Libya 10 June, is en route home to Switzerland, news agency AFP reports his lawyer as saying Sunday night, possibly via Tunis. Switzerland and Libya signed a “plan of action” Sunday in Tripoli, with Germany and Spain also […]

Max Goeldi out of prison, should leave Libya this weekend

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss businessman Max Goeldi was released from prison in Libya Thursday 10 June, according to his lawyer, and he should be able to leave the country and return to Switzerland this weekend. He is staying in a hotel in Tripoli while paperwork for his departure is completed. TSR public television reached […]

Max Goeldi expected to leave Libya 12 June, says lawyer

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss businessman held by Libya since July 2008, Max Goeldi, is expected to be released from prison and allowed to return home to Switzerland when he finishes his four-month prison sentence 12 June, his lawyer has told Swiss media. Only 8 of the 53 days he served in prison in […]

Amnesty Int’l says Max Goeldi’s health deteriorating

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Amnesty International’s Swiss branch, which has maintained contact with Swiss businessman Max Goeldi, sentenced to four months in prison in Libya for visa irregularities, is in poor condition, the group told news agency ATS Monday 15 March. His lawyer made a similar statement Sunday. Goeldi initially saw his prison detention as […]

Max Goeldi’s family appeals to Qadaffi

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The family of Swiss businessman Max Goeldi, serving a four-month prison sentence in Libya, has appealed to Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffi to release the man. The demand for clemency follows a visit in prison to Goeldi by Hannibal Qadaffi, son of the leader. The visit has given the family some hope […]

Qadaffi news: Hannibal visits Goeldi, crowd at embassy

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss government remains silent on Libya, while Libya appears to want to stay in news headlines this week: leader Muammar Qadaffi’s declaration of a jihad or holy war against Switzerland last week was firmly rebuffed as unacceptably by the United Nations and Swiss Muslim leaders. Reports are coming in that […]

Max Goeldi, Swiss businessman, starts Libyan prison term

Tripoli, Libya (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss government remains officially silent but news reports from journalists in Tripoli, including a Reuters reporter, say that Swiss businessman Max Goeldi has surrendered to Libya authorities, to begin a four-month prison sentence. The Swiss will ask for clemency, and if it is granted, Human Rights Watch says, this would […]

Max Goeldi’s sentence reduced to four months

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss businessman Max Goeldi, one of two Swiss businessmen detained in Libya, has had his sentence for visa violations reduced on appeal from 16 months to four. His countryman Rachid Hamdani was acquitted of the same charges 7 February. It was not immediately clear whether the two men would now be […]

Switzerland refunded CHF1.5m, paid by Qaddafi, held by Germany

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland 6 June saw CHF1.5 million returned to it, money that had been put into an account blocked in and overseen by Germany, as the result of an agreement between the Swiss government and the Qaddafi regime in Libya. Switzerland has been holding discussions with Germany for some weeks about returning the […]