Case over Gaddafi poster in Geneva abandoned

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office says it has dropped an investigation into a Geneva politician over allegations of offending Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.

This content was published on August 5, 2011 - 19:48 and agencies

The inquiry into Eric Stauffer, leader of the Mouvement Citoyens Genevois group was launched last November following a request by the cantonal and federal authorities.

The rightwing group had used an image of Gaddafi in a campaign ahead of a nationwide on the deportation of foreign criminals.

Stauffer claimed the poster is a matter of freedom of expression.

Relations between Switzerland and Gaddafi’s government have been strained since the temporary detention of one his sons in Geneva in 2008.

Gaddafi’s regime is locked in a military conflict with rebels in eastern Libya, supported by western governments.

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