Qaddafi sons contest arrest efforts, one via lawyer, the other on the lam

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Saadi Qadaffi, who fled to Niger, is contesting Interpol’s arrest warrant for him, after earlier dismissing charges of misappropriating funds. His lawyer said Tuesday 2 November that he is challenging the basis of the Interpol warrant, saying it is politically motivated by a new leadership that lacks legitimacy. The news comes three […]

Libya: Tortured maid found inside Hannibal Qadaffi’s compound (video)

LIBYA – Hannibal Qadaffi’s name is back in the news after western reporters say to have found evidence of “inhumane treatment” of his staff at his compound. The son of  Libya’s leader Muammar Qadaffi, who won his lawsuit for defamation of character brought against the Geneva newspaper La Tribune de Genève and the city of […]

US Senate panel authorizes limited Libyan strikes, no troops

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee late Tuesday 28 June authorized the use of limited Nato air strikes in Libya, but said no to the use of ground troops. The Senate remains divided over the legality of President Barack Obama’s call for the US to actively participate in Nato’s Libyan campaign and […]

Swiss president ends dictators’ frozen funds guessing game

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey, in Tunisia Monday 2 May for a meeting of regional ambassadors from Switzerland, told Swiss news agency ATS that to date a total of CHF830 million in funds linked to three Middle Eastern dictators have now been identified and therefore frozen. The Swiss Foreign Ministry had previously […]

Libya ‘contact group’ discusses country’s future

A group of ministers met Wednesday 13 April to discuss plans for Libya’s future, and they are set to meet monthly for the foreseeable future. The so-called ‘contact group’ discussed the possibility of creating an international fund to aid Libya’s eastern rebels, and the status and future of the international military aid to the country. Conspicuously absent from […]

Libyan diplomats quit, some cities under protestors’ control

Another Arab dictatorship is being rocked to the point where it appears it could fall, with Sayd al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, acknowledging publicly Monday, reports the BBC, that “that the eastern cities of Benghazi and al-Bayda had fallen to the opposition”. Several high-level Libyan diplomats have quit their posts, including the […]

Canadian will arbitrate Swiss-Libyan Qadaffi dispute

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Canadian Philippe Kirsch from Quebec, an international law expert and former judge on an International Criminal Court, reportedly has been named the arbitrator in an ongoing dispute between Switzerland and Libya. Reuters published the news Tuesday 15 February, based on Libya reports from the foreign ministry office there. Switzerland’s foreign affairs […]

Commissioners named for Qadaffi arbitration

Bern goes to court over Geneva police leak Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch.com) – The Libyan affair continues in Switzerland, even if the businessmen held hostage by Libya have returned home: the Federal Council agreed Thursday to go to court over the leak from Geneva’s police department of a police photo of Hannibal Qadaffi. Hannibal is the […]

Swiss cabinet at odds over Libya hostage-freeing plans

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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 […]

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 […]