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US crash widower sues Swiss for $10m: report

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12:36 CET+01:00

A US law professor whose wife was killed in an accident involving a Swiss embassy car in Washington is suing the Swiss government for $10 million, it was reported on Thursday.

Trudi Rishikof, 64, was hit by the 4x4 in the US capital in October.

Swiss media named the driver as Kamal Mortada, a former employee of Hannibal Qaddhafi, son of the ousted Libyan leader.

The victim's widower Harvey Rishikof, a specialist in national security law and terrorism at Washington's National War College, is seeking $10 million, Swiss newspaper Blick reported.

Mortada was at the centre of diplomatic row between Libya and Switzerland in 2008 when he reported his employer to Geneva police for ill-treatment.

According to Blick, Mortada had since turned up in Washington where he was working for the Swiss embassy.

The complaint was filed in the capital a week ago against Mortada and the Swiss embassy, citing reckless driving, it reported.

The foreign ministry confirmed in October that a local embassy employee was involved in a fatal car accident in Washington but said on Thursday it had not been informed of the complaint.

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