US crash widower sues Swiss for $10m: report

29th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

A US law professor whose wife was killed in an accident involving a Swiss embassy car in Washington is suing the Swiss government for $10 million (7.7 million euros), it was reported on Thursday.

Trudi Rishikof, 64, was hit by the 4x4 in the US capital in October.

Swiss media named the driver as Kamal Mortada, a former employee of Hannibal Kadhafi, son of the ousted Libyan leader.

The victim's widower Harvey Rishikof, a specialist in national security law and terrorism at Washington's National War College, is seeking $10 million, Swiss newspaper Blick reported.

Mortada was at the centre of diplomatic row between Libya and Switzerland in 2008 when he reported his employer to Geneva police for ill-treatment.

According to Blick, Mortada had since turned up in Washington where he was working for the Swiss embassy.

The complaint was filed in the capital a week ago against Mortada and the Swiss embassy, citing reckless driving, it reported.

The foreign ministry confirmed in October that a local embassy employee was involved in a fatal car accident in Washington but said on Thursday it had not been informed of the complaint.

© 2011 AFP

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