Swiss held for nearly 2 years in Libya released
Thursday, June 10, 2010
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- A Libyan prison official and a lawyer say a Swiss businessman held for nearly two years at the center of a diplomatic row has been released.
Max Goeldi is one of two Swiss businessmen who were convicted of violating residency laws after Swiss police arrested Hannibal Gadhafi, son of the Libyan leader, and his wife in summer of 2008. Libya withdrew all its investments from Switzerland and arrested the pair.
Goeldi was due to be released June 12. The other businessman was released in February.
Goeldi's lawyer Saleh al-Zahif told The Associated Press Goeldi is staying at a hotel in the capital Tripoli.
The prison official confirmed the release, speaking on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has not been made.