Hannibal Gaddafi’s detention: Wilmshurst to defend Switzerland in Tribunal

Switzerland has chosen an “iconic” British lawyer to sit on a tribunal probing the arrest of Moammar Gaddafi’s son.

Elizabeth Wilmshurst came to public notice in 2003 when she stepped down from the British Foreign Office in disagreement over the legality of the Iraq war. Two years later the details of her resignation were made public under the Freedom of Information Act and reignited controversies over the war.

Wilmshurst, now an international law specialist at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and a professor at University College London, will represent Switzerland on a three-party tribunal that is being set up to review the 2008 arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife for assaulting two domestic employees.

According to an agreement signed in Tripoli by the Swiss president, Hans-Rudolf Merz, and the Libyan prime minister, al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, on August 20, each country must designate an independent representative to the tribunal. The tribunal will sit in London and be presided over by a third arbitrator.

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