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Gaddafi son assault case dropped

Hannibal Gaddafi (2005)
Mr Gaddafi and his wife travelled to Switzerland for the birth of their child

Two servants who accused a son of the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, of assaulting them in a Swiss hotel have reportedly dropped their legal action.

A lawyer for the pair - a Moroccan and a Tunisian - said they were "properly compensated" but no details were given.

Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were arrested and freed on bail in July following the incident in Geneva.

The Libyans had denied the allegations and demanded an apology from the Swiss, sparking a diplomatic spat.

In response, Libya restricted air links, stopped issuing visas to Swiss nationals, shut the Tripoli offices of two Swiss companies and detained - and later released - two Swiss nationals.

Mr Gaddafi and his wife had travelled to Switzerland for the birth of their child.

The couple denied the charges of bodily harm, threatening behaviour and coercion.

A lawyer for the servants, Francois Membrez, said: "They have been recognised as victims and their sufferings have been taken into account.

"They have also received a temporary humanitarian residence permit in Switzerland," he said.

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