June 14 (Reuters) – Swiss businessman Max Goeldi, at the centre of a political row between Libya’s ruling Gaddafi family and Switzerland, arrived at Zurich airport on Monday after serving a four-month sentence in Libya.
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The spat began two years ago when Swiss police briefly arrested Hannibal Gaddafi, a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and it later escalated into a conflict that drew in the European Union, the United States and major energy firms.
Libyan officials deny the Swiss man’s case had anything to do with Hannibal Gaddafi’s arrest, but Goeldi’s supporters say he was an innocent pawn caught up in Libya’s retaliation against Switzerland.
(Reporting by Arnd Wiegmann and Jason Rhodes)