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Investigation of Gadhafi son's alleged weapons smuggling is dropped in Germany

MUNICH, Germany — Prosecutors in Munich have dropped an investigation into alleged arms smuggling by the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a spokeswoman has confirmed.

Saif al-Arab al-Gadhafi was suspected of using a car with diplomatic license plates to transport an assault rifle, a revolver and munitions from Munich to Paris in 2008.

Senior public prosecutor Barbara Stockinger said Saturday that the investigation was dropped over a lack of evidence as the alleged weapons were never found.

But Spiegel magazine reported the case was dropped despite investigators having obtained concrete witness evidence — an allegation Stockinger rejected.

The magazine also said that prosecutors urged the police to cease their investigation of the 29-year-old and that officers had reportedly resented what they considered political interference. Stockinger denied this.

In 2008, a diplomatic spat erupted between Libya and Switzerland after Saif Gadhafi's brother Hannibal Gadhafi was arrested in Geneva on suspicion of abusing his housekeeping staff. Libya retaliated by detaining a Swiss businessman for alleged visa offenses.

Saif Gaddhafi has been a student at Munich's Technical University since 2006.

Investigation of Gadhafi son's alleged weapons smuggling is dropped in Germany 02/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 6, 2011 11:32pm]
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