Libyan leader Muammar Gadafi called yesterday for a “jihad” or armed struggle against Switzerland, saying it was an infidel state that was destroying mosques.
“Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Mohammad, God and the Koran,” Gadaffi said during a meeting in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
“The masses of Muslims must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all harbours and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all shops and markets to stop any Swiss goods being sold,” Gadaffi said.
Libya's relations with Switzerland broke down in 2008 when Gadaffi's son was arrested in a Geneva hotel and charged with abusing domestic servants.
Though released without charge, Libya cut oil supplies to Switzerland and withdrew billions of dollars from Swiss bank accounts.