Libya protests Swiss banks over Gaddafi's son arrest

Motassim Gaddafi was released on bail after he and his wife were charged with ill-treatment of two domestic employees. Motassim Gaddafi denied the charges, his lawyer has said.

Libya protests Swiss banks over Gaddafi's son arrest
OPEC member Libya should withdraw deposits in Swiss banks if the Swiss government fails to apologise for the arrest of a son of Muammar Gaddafi, an influential Libyan political group said on Wednesday.

The Revolutionary Committees Movement, a group of hardline Gaddafi followers who help to manage the Libyan leader's "state of the masses" political system, made the call in protest at the arrest last week in Geneva of Motassim Bilal Gaddafi.

Motassim Gaddafi was released on bail after he and his wife were charged with ill-treatment of two domestic employees. Motassim Gaddafi denied the charges, his lawyer has said.

Gaddafi was arrested in a luxury hotel in Geneva on July 15 after staff alerted police to repeated arguments in their suite. He spent two nights in jail while his wife Aline, who is nine months pregnant, was taken to hospital feeling unwell.

The committees movement, which also staged a demonstration in front of the Swiss embassy in Tripoli, added in a statement that it would recommend to the policy-making General People's Congress or parliament that if an apology was not forthcoming Libya should withdraw money held in Swiss banks, Swiss companies should be barred from competing for contracts in Libya and Libya should stop supplying oil to Switzerland.

Reuters
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