Jailed Swiss businessman's laywer seeks Kadhafi son's help

21st April 2010, Comments 0 comments

The lawyer of a Swiss businessman jailed in Libya said on Wednesday he had sought help on his client's behalf from the foundation run by Libya leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam.

"We asked the Kadhafi Foundation to intervene to improve the conditions under which Max Goeldi is being held and to seek to ensure that the 53 days my client spent in jail after his arrest in July 2008 will be taken into account," Salah Zahaf told AFP.

The lawyer claimed police did not follow proper procedures when Goeldi and another Swiss, Rashid Hamdani, were arrested during a flap after the brief arrest in Geneva of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's other son, Hannibal, when two of his domestic staff complained he had mistreated them.

Goeldi and Hamdani were held for 53 days and then released, but barred from leaving the country.

Hamdani was finally allowed to leave Libya in February, but Goeldi, a representative of Swiss company ABB in Libya, was sentenced to a four-month jail term in Tripoli for visa offences.

Zahaf said that if the 53 days already spent in jail were taken into consideration, Goeldi "would only have a few (more) days to spend in prison.

© 2010 AFP

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