Swiss compensate husband of Washington accident victim

AP News
Posted: Apr 15, 2015 8:07 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The Swiss government says it has reached an agreement to pay $1.725 million in compensation to the husband of a woman who died after being hit by a Swiss Embassy vehicle in Washington.

Harvey Rishikof's wife, Trudith Rishikof, died in October 2011. The government said Wednesday that the deal between his lawyers and the embassy's brings the case "to a definitive end" and that he had sought compensation totaling $10 million.

The driver of the Swiss SUV was Kamal Mortada, one of two former servants of a son of then-Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi who reported to Geneva police in 2008 that the son had beaten them.

Mortada was given refuge at the embassy and worked there starting in 2009. The Swiss government says he left the job late last year.