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Swiss abroad honour goes to lawyer

A lawyer living in Milan has been awarded an annual prize that recognises the work of Swiss abroad.

This content was published on September 12, 2009 - 15:26

The centre-right Radical Party awarded its eighth Swiss Abroad Prize to Ugo Guidi for leaving an "indelible" mark on the Swiss community in Milan and for the respect he has gained through his work in the city.

The 75-year-old former Ticino resident opened a lawyers' practice in Milan in 1961, which he still heads, and his work is known further afield.

He was chosen from a shortlist of 30 people.

Robert Engeler, the former head of the Swiss in Italy organisation, said the award honoured not only an exemplary Swiss abroad but also an "extraordinary man".

The award, worth SFr10,000 ($9,630), was handed over in Lucerne on Saturday at a ceremony attended by outgoing Radicals cabinet minister, Pascal Couchepin. It was created in 2002 by the party's international chapter to honour a person who had distinguished themselves as a Swiss abroad.

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