(AP) — A Swiss man
during a diplomatic row between the two countries appeared in court Saturday to
face charges of operating a business without a license, his lawyer said. The
judge announced he will issue a verdict in March.
The trials of Max Goeldi and
another Swiss businessman, Rachid Hamdani, are at the heart of a diplomatic
dispute that has sorely taxed Libyan-Swiss relations.
The two men were detained in in 2008 days after police in arrested Hannibal Gadhafi, the son
of 's leader, and his
wife for allegedly beating their servants in a hotel. accused authorities there of
using excessive force during Gadhafi's arrest.
Libya responded by recalling some
of its diplomats from Switzerland, suspending visas for Swiss citizens,
withdrawing funds from Swiss banks, stopping crude oil shipments and reducing
flights to Switzerland.
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