- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 24, 2008

LIBYA

Swiss targeted over Gadhafi arrest

TRIPOLI | Libya on Wednesday threatened key oil client Switzerland with reprisals over last week’s detention in Geneva of Hannibal Gadhafi, a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Dozens of members of the Libyan revolutionary committees protested outside the Swiss Embassy demanding an apology for the July 15 arrest of Mr. Gadhafi, 32, and his wife after being accused of assaulting some of their staff. They were released on bail two days later.

Since then, Libya’s envoy in Switzerland has been recalled, and the Libyan authorities have suspended the issuing of visas to Swiss citizens. Air links between Switzerland and Libya have been reduced, two Swiss nationals have been in police custody since Saturday and Swiss businesses in Libya have received closure orders.

Libya has also shut the local offices of Swiss food group Nestle and engineering firm ABB and detained officials of both, reports said. As the tension mounted and the Swiss government advised Swiss citizens not to travel to Libya, Bern tried to smooth out ties with Tripoli by sending a diplomatic team to Tripoli.

SERBIA

Karadzic to run own defense

BELGRADE | Radovan Karadzic will conduct his own defense at The Hague tribunal and is convinced that he will be cleared of charges of genocide, relatives and associates of the war-crimes suspect said Wednesday.

Mr. Karadzic, leader of the Bosnian Serbs in the 1992-95 Bosnia war, was arrested in Serbia on Monday after 11 years on the run. He is now in a Belgrade prison awaiting extradition to The Hague, which could come this weekend.

Mr. Karadzic’s attorney in Serbia, Svetozar Vujacic, said his client was in good mental and physical condition. The former Bosnian Serb leader lived under an assumed name for years and worked as a doctor of alternative medicine. He wore thick glasses and grew a bushy beard and long hair. On Wednesday, he requested and got a haircut and shave.

POLAND

Progress in missile-defense talks

WARSAW | Poland and the U.S. took a step Wednesday toward resolving a dispute over Warsaw’s demands for defense aid in exchange for accepting part of an American missile-defense system, Stephen Mull, a top U.S. diplomat on military issues, said after a meeting in Warsaw.

Mr. Mull and Polish Deputy Defense Minister Stanislaw Komorowski led experts from four working groups in meetings focused on a possible U.S. role in helping upgrade Poland’s military. The aid would be tied to an agreement on building a U.S. missile-defense base on Polish soil.

Washington wants to place 10 interceptor missiles in northern Poland and a radar base in the neighboring Czech Republic.

BRITAIN

Couple sentenced in faked death

LONDON | A judge sentenced both a husband and wife to more than six years in prison Wednesday for faking the man’s drowning death in a $500,000 insurance scam.

Anne Darwin, 56, was jailed for 6 1/2 years after a jury found her guilty earlier Wednesday of six counts of fraud and nine counts of money laundering. Her husband, John Darwin, 57, received six years and three months - a slightly lesser sentence because he had pleaded guilty.

The couple staged John Darwin’s death in an apparent canoe accident in 2002 to collect pension and insurance payments.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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