The move by Libya, an OPEC member, was intended to increase pressure on energy-importing Switzerland in a row over the July 15 arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi, who together with his wife was charged with ill-treatment of two domestic employees.
Hannibal Gaddafi, who was freed on bail after two days in detention, has denied the charges.
Libyan officials said his arrest was an affront to national dignity. An influential political group close to Muammar Gaddafi called it a "horrible crime" and "unprecedented serious action".
Libya\’s state-owned Maritime Transport National Corporation, which numbers Hannibal among its senior officials, announced Libya had halted oil exports to Switzerland and all ships carrying Swiss-made goods were barred from unloading their cargoes at Libyan ports.
"If the Swiss authorities do not apologise in the next coming hours to the brother Leader (Muammar Gaddafi) and the Libyan people we will take more major steps," a statement said.
Alright, perhaps not a definition of a dictatorship, but certainly some confusion between the interests of the family oligarchy running the place and the place itself, yes?