Kadhafi among 188 Libyans barred from Switzerland: Report

Moamer Kadhafi and his family are among 188 Libyan figures barred from visiting Switzerland, according to a decision made by Bern amid a diplomatic row, a Libyan newspaper on Sunday.

Updated: Feb 14, 2010, 21:22 PM IST

Tripoli: Moamer Kadhafi and his family are among 188 Libyan figures barred from visiting Switzerland, according to a decision made by Bern amid a diplomatic row, a Libyan newspaper on Sunday.

The private daily, which is close to the Libyan leader`s prominent son Seif al-Islam, carried the report quoting an unidentified "high-ranking" official.

"Swiss authorities have taken a decision prohibiting 188
Libyan figures from entering Switzerland," the official was
quoted as saying on the newspaper’s website.

The report said among those blacklisted were lawmakers,
people from the prime minister`s office and "military,
security and economic officials."

There was no immediate reaction from Switzerland.

But the Libyan official warned in Oea that the decision
would "undermine Swiss interests" and that "if it is not
scrapped, (Tripoli) will respond with reciprocal measures."

The newspaper did not say however when the decision was
taken or when it was to take effect.

Libya has been embroiled in a diplomatic row with
Switzerland since July 2008 after the brief arrest in Geneva
of another Kadhafi son, Hannibal, and his wife when two hotel
servants complained he had mistreated them.

Justice authorities in Libya later barred two Swiss
businessman from leaving the country and put them on trial for
two separate cases of overstaying their visas and illegal
business activities.

The pair, Max Goeldi and Rashid Hamdani, have been holed
up at the Swiss embassy since July 2008.

PTI