Swiss court rules against American in sheik case

An American has lost his court battle in Switzerland with a member of the ruling United Arab Emirates' family who whipped him in the face with a belt in a Geneva hotel bar. The Swiss supreme court upheld a lower court's quashing of the criminal conviction of Sheik Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 38, according to a copy of the ruling seen Tuesday by The Associated Press. Al Nayan, brother of the UAE ruler, was convicted in July for hitting Silvano Orsi, 40, of Rochester, New York, with a belt after the American declined a bottle of champagne the sheik offered him in a luxury Geneva hotel bar in 2003. Al Nayan was fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,820). But in March a Geneva appeals court quashed the conviction of inflicting bodily harm with a dangerous object on the ground that the belt wasn't dangerous. Orsi appealed to the Federal Tribunal to reinstate the conviction.