Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Libya

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Libya

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Jan. 30: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that Libya and Russia signed a $1.8 billion arms deal in Moscow. While providing few details, Putin acknowledged that the contract included "not only small arms." The deal reportedly also included Libya's intention to purchase fighter planes and tanks. [Reuters, 1/30]

Feb. 6: A court in Libya fined Swiss businessman Max Goeldi 1,000 dinars ($801.30) for violating business rules. Goeldi's conviction remained in place while fellow businessman Rashid Hamdani's was overturned on January 31. [Reuters, 2/6]

Feb. 7: After being cleared on January 31 of charges that he overstayed his visa and having his 16-month sentence reversed, the case against Rashid Hamdani was dismissed. Hamdani avoided conviction on charges that he engaged in illegal business activities and was permitted to leave the country. Hamdani was one of two Swiss businessmen detained in July 2008 and convicted on January 12 of violating Libyan immigration laws. [Reuters, 1/31, BBC, 2/7]

Feb. 23: Swiss businessman Max Goeldi surrendered to Libyan authorities after seeking shelter in the Swiss Embassy in Tripoli. He and Rashid Hamdani were detained in July 2008 and convicted on January 12 of violating Libyan immigration laws. …

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