Swiss police raid Libyan refinery in environment probe

10th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Specialists took samples from Tamoil's refinery sites to check for violations against environmental legal standards.

Geneva -- Swiss police on Tuesday said it raided the sites of Libyan oil refinery Tamoil as part of a probe into allegations that it violated environmental regulations.

Police, magistrates and specialists who took samples entered Tamoil's refinery sites to see if there were "possible violations against legal standards on the environment," said police from two cantons in a statement.

Investigators examined the refinery's installations as well as environmental protection measures and procedures it had put in place in case of emergencies, they said.

"The specialists also took several samples for analysis and will report their findings to their respective penal authorities," they added.

Tamoil last year said that the Libyan government halted oil deliveries to Switzerland, after one of the sons of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi was arrested by Geneva police.

"It is a decision of Libya and not Tamoil," Tamoil CEO Issam Zanati said at the time.

Libya supplies about 2.5 million tonnes of crude to Switzerland a year, about 20 percent of the country's total needs, but Switzerland's oil companies association has said a halt in Libyan deliveries would not affect supplies or prices here.

AFP / Expatica

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