Ex-Libya oil chief found dead

2012-04-29 22:17

Vienna - 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.

  • Ted - 2012-04-29 23:38

    Obviously knew too much!

  • Staff - 2012-04-30 04:38

    Interpol needs to investigate Mr. Shukri Ghanem's death to determine if he was murdered before he could disclose what he knew of bribe payments made by international oil companies (IOCs) to the Gaddafi regime between 2008 and 2011. Mr. Ghanem's name appears frequently in US Department of State (DoS) cables on Libya published by Wikileaks that are evidence supporting the allegations made in "ConocoPhillips Shareholder Proposal -- 2012" (available at that ConocoPhillips violated US, UK and Canadian anti-bribery laws.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-30 05:58

    But this is how the prostitute of the North,and his lovely corrupt sons , became billionaires !!!!!! EVERYONE , either in buisness or in politics were paying them. And than in turn, this fruitcake could play his games in Africa !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 21:13

      Patrick, YES, these corrupt evil gaddafies were being paid by ANYONE, who was willing to pay, and that includes certain Western politicians and buisness people !!! Slowly, slowly you are understanding , what has been happening before the uprising! And if you would just remove those silly childish anti Western blinkers, maybe than you would have a slightly better insight to what's happening in North africa as well as in Syria !!!!!!

  • jimmy.setagane - 2012-04-30 06:37

    The work of intelligence. Clean job.

  • Zip - 2012-04-30 11:15

    beautiful way to die, floating down the old danube

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