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Former Libyan prisoner Hamdani gives first interview

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss media are drawing attention 21 April to the plight of Max Goeldi, who has now purged half of a four-month prison sentence in Libya. The 19 months of detention the Swiss businessman served before he was judged for visa violations did not count towards purging his sentence. A letter written […]

Rachid Hamdani tells Swiss TV about months held in Libya

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Rachid Hamdani, one of two businessmen held in Libya, has given his first post-freedom interview, 11 minutes long, with TSR (Fre). “Almost like a dream,” he tells Darius Rochebin, TSR presenter, of what it feels like to be heading home. The thing in Switzerland that he is most looking forward to […]

Rachid Hamdani’s Libyan prison sentenced dropped on one charge

Tripoli, Libya (GenevaLunch) – Rachid Hamdani, one of two Swiss businessmen who have been held by Libya for 18 months, has reportedly had his prison sentence overturned for staying illegally in the country. He and Max Goldi, the other Swiss, appeared Saturday and Sunday in a court to where appeals in their cases were being […]

Hostage Hamdani’s hearing postponed; “agreement should be cancelled”

Agreement should be cancelled now, says Commission head Update 17:15  Bern, Switzerland (GenvaLunch) – One of two Swiss men held in Tripoli, Libya has had his hearing postponed until 24 January, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs announced Sunday 10 January. Rachid Hamdani did not appear at the scheduled hearing for fear of being […]

News roundup: UNHCR, Montreux, tennis

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Summertime roundup of news from the Lake Geneva region and Switzerland: KOF economic forecast improves Switzerland took an upward swing with the KOF economic indicator, which predicts the future of the Swiss economy in six months. In June it rose to 100.4 from 1001.1, but the Zurich-based unit at university ETH noted […]

Swiss gov’t to open kidnapping, extortion case against Libya

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government decided Monday morning 6 June to allow its federal public prosecutor to bring criminal charges against Libya for kidnapping, extortion and blackmail, in relation to the 2008-2010 case of two Swiss businessman nabbed by the Qaddafi regime. Switzerland for a period avoided using the word “kidnapping” to describe the […]

Holiday weekend news roundup, Lake Geneva region

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Monday 20 September is a holiday in much of Switzerland, the Jeûne Fédéral. GenevaLunch, based in Vaud, will be providing limited news coverage. Swiss weekend news highlights include: SOCIETY – Four people are dead and 17 injured after a woman went on a shooting spree in Loerrach, Germany, near Basel, in […]

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 […]

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 […]