Next writes on Feb., 15th 2010
Muammar Gaddafi 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 has reported.
The private daily Oea, which is close to the Libyan leader's family, 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.
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 businessmen from leaving the country and put them on trial for two separate cases of overstaying their visas and illegal business activities.