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Ex-Libya oil chief found dead

30 April 2012, 12:11

Vienna, Austria - Libya's former oil minister, who last year announced he was abandoning Muammar Gaddafi's regime to support the rebels who ultimately toppled him, was found dead in a section of the Danube flowing through Vienna, Austrian police said on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Roman Hahslinger said the corpse of 69-year-old Shukri Ghanem was found floating in the river early in the morning.

The body showed no external signs of violence.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, Hahslinger said, adding that an autopsy would be carried out in the coming days.

Ghanem was dressed normally when found in the river but had no personal identification on him other than a document that named the company he was working for, Hahslinger said.

An employee of the company was subsequently contacted and identified him.

Hahslinger said Ghanem apparently left his residence early on Sunday morning after spending Saturday evening at home with an acquaintance.

Ghanem is a former Libyan premier who last served as his country's oil minister until 2011.

He left Libya in June as civil war was raging in the country.

- AP


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