Switzerland faces European rights court probe
An American allegedly assaulted in Geneva takes his case to the European Court of Human Rights.Strasbourg -- An American man who was allegedly assaulted in a luxury Geneva bar by the brother of the leader of the United Arab Emirates has taken his case to the European Court of Human Rights, his lawyer said Tuesday.
A complaint filed by Silvano Orsi, 41, accuses the Swiss of increasingly affording "impunity to the oil-rich Arab elites that visit Switzerland and openly break the law there," lawyer Pierre Bayenet said.
His client was seeking a ruling against Switzerland as a result of his complaint, citing violation of Section III of the European Convention on Human Rights, Bayenet added.
The complaint follows a judgement by a Swiss court that resulted in the acquittal of Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan over the alleged assault on Orsi, a US citizen, in August 2003.
Orsi said at the time that the appeal court acknowledged the facts of the incident, but ruled that the belt with which he said he was beaten could not be considered a dangerous object.
A court in July 2008 found the sheikh guilty of hitting Orsi on the face and head with a steel belt buckle after he refused a bottle of champagne.
It handed down a fine of CHF 540,000 (EUR 337,500) for inflicting bodily injuries.
The sheikh, a brother of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was appointed president of the UAE in 2004 after the death of their father, maintains he is innocent.
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