Gaddafi abuse complaints withdrawn

Two employees who sparked a diplomatic row between Switzerland and Libya after filing complaints against Moammar Gaddafi's son have withdrawn charges of physical abuse.

This content was published on September 2, 2008 minutes

Geneva lawyer François Membrez, who represents the two, made the announcement on Tuesday.

Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife Aline were charged by a Swiss magistrate with inflicting physical injuries and using threats and force against two of their staff, while staying at a hotel in Geneva.

The Gaddafis had denied the allegations and were released on SFr500,000 ($476,500) bail.

They left the country but the case escalated into a diplomatic row, with Libya taking retaliatory measures, including arresting two Swiss nationals on alleged immigration violations.

The withdrawal of the complaints was a condition imposed by Libya to end the crisis with Switzerland.

Alain Berger, the lawyer representing the Gaddafis, said: "If it is true, it is excellent news." He was still awaiting official confirmation.

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