May 4 2010
Or so says Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. And this madman is allowed to address the UN General Assemply and has been given positions of leadership on the UN Human Rights Commission?
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was quoted today as saying that Switzerland is behaving like a criminal organization and it is involved in money laundering, assassinations and terrorism.
In the latest installment of a long-running dispute between the two nations, Colonel Gaddafi called Switzerland a ‘Mafia’ state and repeated a previous call for it to be divided up among France, Italy and Germany, according to the interview published by German news weekly Der Spiegel.
‘Switzerland is a state that stands apart from the world community,’ the respected Hamburg-based magazine quoted him as saying. Colonel Gaddafi said Switzerland was a haven for large scale money laundering, where laws allowing assisted suicide are used as a cover for the assassination of rich foreigners with Swiss bank accounts.
Der Spiegel quoted Colonel Gaddafi as saying: ‘Switzerland claims the people in question wanted to commit suicide. But in truth it was a means of getting hold of their money.’ He offered no evidence for this claim.
The magazine also said the Libyan leader accused Swiss authorities of carrying out an ‘act of terrorism’ by arresting his son Hannibal Gaddafi two years ago on suspicion of beating up his servants in a Geneva luxury hotel. He was later released and charges were dropped. ‘The way they treated Hannibal proves that Switzerland doesn’t respect any laws,’ Colonel Gaddafi was quoted as saying.
The two countries have been engaged in a diplomatic tit-for-tat since the incident, culminating in Libya’s arrest of two Swiss businessmen and the withdrawal of all investments from Switzerland.
Human rights group Amnesty International has called the charges against Mr Goeldi a form of political revenge and criticised the length of his pretrial detention. UK DAILY MAIL