Tripoli wants CHF 877,000 bail for two Swiss

2nd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Swiss radio reported Tuesday that Libya is demanding bail for two Swiss businessmen barred from leaving the country.

Geneva -- Libya demanded LYD (Libyan Donars) 1 million (CHF 877,800, EUR 578,800, USD 822,700) in bail as a condition for allowing two Swiss businessmen, who were barred from leaving the country, to return home, Swiss radio reported Tuesday.

Citing unnamed "sources close to the issue, on the Swiss side", Radio Suisse Romande said that "Libya is demanding LYD 500,000 in bail to free each of the two Swiss."

Swiss authorities said on Friday that President Hans-Rudolf Merz had received a "written assurance" that the businessmen would be allowed to leave Libya before the end of August.

But just before 1 September, Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Mohammed Shalgam told Swiss television that the two businessmen still had to meet the public prosecutor before leaving Libyan territory.

"They will be seeing (the public prosecutor) again before their departure, but I can't specify the date," said Khaled Kaim in an interview broadcast Monday night by Television Suisse Romande.

"Let's wait until tomorrow (which) will be a public holiday in Tripoli and I hope after that... we will hear good news about them," added the minister.

Gala events were held Tuesday to commemorate Moamer Kadhafi's 40 years in power.

AFP / Expatica

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