April 30, 2012

VIENNA (Reuters) – Libya’s former prime minister and oil minister Shokri Ghanem, a prominent defector from Muammar Gaddafi’s government, drowned in the River Danube, Vienna police said on Monday and a Libyan security source suggested he could have been murdered.

Ghanem’s fully-clothed body was found in the Danube in Vienna on Sunday, a few hundred meters from his home. According to a preliminary autopsy there were no indications of foul play or suicide, spokesman Roman Hahslinger told reporters

A Libyan security source said they were investigating the death and believed he could have been pushed into the Danube by former Gaddafi agents.

… The former Gaddafi confidant, who was also close to Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, was privy to potentially damaging information including oil deals with Western governments.

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