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Restrictions lifted on former terror suspect

Switzerland has lifted travel restrictions on an Egyptian-Italian banker once suspected by the United States of having links to al-Qaeda.

This content was published on September 30, 2009 - 10:34

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) says it has also unblocked bank accounts belonging to Youssef Nada.

Nada was banned from leaving his home in the tiny Italian exclave of Campione for almost eight years. Because of its location Campione has significant economic and administrative integration with Switzerland.

Nada and his associates have denied links to terrorism and accused Swiss authorities of taking part in a US-led anti-Muslim campaign.

Swiss senator Dick Marty is a long-standing critic of the Security Council blacklisting procedure and the inclusion of Nada in particular.

Marty, who was appointed by the Council of Europe in November 2005 to investigate claims that the CIA had set up secret prisons in eastern Europe, pointed out that a four-year inquiry by Swiss prosecutors had failed to find any evidence against Nada.

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