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UAE sheikh guilty of hotel attack

Silvano Orsi
Silvano Orsi had fought to bring the case to court for five years

The brother of the UAE president has been found guilty in a Swiss court of beating a US citizen with a belt at a hotel bar in Geneva in 2003.

The tribunal fined Sheikh Falah al-Nahyan 10,000 Swiss francs (4,930, $9,820). In addition he received a suspended penalty of 540,000 francs.

The judgement said that the sheikh repeatedly hit Silvano Orsi with a steel-buckled belt.

Sheikh Nahyan, who maintains his innocence, is expected to appeal.

The court said the sheikh inflicted "bodily harm with the use of a dangerous object" on Mr Orsi, a resident of Rochester, New York, after Mr Orsi declined an offer of a bottle of champagne from the sheikh.

The sheikh also has to pay costs for the lawyers and the proceedings amounting to 2,879 Swiss francs (US $2,829), the court ruled.

Mr Orsi, who had sought damages for injuries, said he was happy with the judgement.

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