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No provision in Libya’s legal system was located that allows the confiscation of financial assets or the legal prosecution of foreign nationals, including foreign governments or government officials.  However, the Libyan government has filed a number of lawsuits against foreign governments seeking damages.  For example, it was reported in November 2010 that the government of Libya had filed a lawsuit against Switzerland before the European Court asking for a financial compensation.  The Libyan government accused Switzerland of insulting the former Libyan president Muammar al-Gaddafi.  It alleged that one of the political parties in Switzerland used the photo of the former Libyan president on a political advertisement promoting the deportation of foreign immigrants who have committed offenses in Switzerland.[1]  No other information confirming this announcement or identifying the court where the claim was allegedly filed has been located.

Prepared by George Sadek
Senior Legal Analyst
June 2016

[1] Libya Files a Lawsuit Against the Government of Switzerland after the Insult of Qadhafi, al-doulia (Nov. 22, 2010), (in Arabic), archived at

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Last Updated: 09/21/2016