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Trials deferred for two Swiss businessmen in Libya


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The trials on charges of  “illegal economic activity” of two Swiss businessmen held in Libya against their will since July 2008, have been postponed till early January, the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs said 20 December. The trial of Max Goeldi, country head for engineering giant ABB, has been set back […]

Libya reportedly demanding “downpayment” for 2 Swiss businessmen

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss public radio, RSR, reports that Libya is asking for CHF430,000 as a downpayment for the return of each of two businessmen who have been held in the country for over a year. Bern has not confirmed the information.

US, Libya, Switzerland feel the heat of UN Human Rights reviews


US official reply Tuesday rejects some of criticisms as “political provocation” Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The US and Libya were criticized by other countries during their Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council in the past week. Switzerland, under review 5-8 November by a council committee for its adherence to the International […]

Swiss cabinet at odds over Libya hostage-freeing plans


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A hallmark of the Swiss political system, the “collegiality” of the Federal Council or ruling seven-member cabinet, is under pressure from politicians and Swiss media following disclosures about the handling of the recently resolved Libyan affair. Politicians have expressed concern about possible military involvement. Swiss military intervention abroad is strictly limited […]

Libya lifts visa ban on EU citizens

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Libyan government told reporters that it has lifted its visa ban on European Union citizens, a move made in response to Switzerland’s ban on 155 Libyan citizens in December 2009. The news was announced by Libyan news agency Jana. The EU had earlier issued a statement to journalists at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Libya hostages affair moves into higher gear

Update 21:15 Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss businessman Max Goeldi has surrendered to Libyan authorities and will begin serving his four-month prison sentence for visa violations. His countryman Rachid Hamdani has been given his exit visa Monday late afternoon 22 February, but has not left Tripoli, he told his wife Bruna by phone from Tripoli. […]

Swiss government to continue visa restrictions for Libyans – update

Update 13:50  Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss federal government announced Wednesday 17 February that it will continue the policy begun in November 2009 of restricting visas for Libyans. Italy, France and Malta were calling Tuesday for Switzerland to change its policy, given Libya’s announcement Monday that it would not allow citizens of Schengen countries […]

Europe condemns Libya, Italy accuses Switzerland on visa ban

Brussels, Belgium (GenevaLunch) – The European Commission reacted to Libya’s ban on visas for Schengen residents by saying it will meet later in the week to discuss the abrupt decision by Muammar Qadaffi’s government. Cecilia Malmstroem of Sweden, the commissioner for home affairs, provided a more immediate response: “The European Commission deplores the unilateral and […]