Swiss businessman released from Libya arrives home

14th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Max Goeldi, the Swiss businessman held in Libya since July 2008, arrived back in Switzerland early Monday, an AFP photographer witnessed.

Goeldi, who was accompanied by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, was greeted by his family after he landed at Zurich airport. He waved briefly to journalists but made no statement.

Calmy-Rey, after meeting officials in the Libyan capital Sunday, said Tripoli and Bern had signed an "action plan" to resolve a row which had seen Goeldi stuck in Libya since the spat broke out in July 2008.

Goeldi was detained in Tripoli in 2008, along with another Swiss businessman Rashid Hamdani, after Hannibal Kadhafi and his pregnant wife were held by Swiss police.

Swiss made the move after two of couple's domestic staff charged they had been mistreated by the couple at a Geneva hotel.

Diplomatic ties further deteriorated when a Swiss newspaper published leaked police mugshots of Hannibal in September 2008 that were taken at the time of his arrest.

© 2010 AFP

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