Hammerl: DNA from coffin sent for tests

2012-04-10 08:30

Johannesburg - DNA taken from a coffin found in a mass grave in Libya may match that of Saturday Star photographer Anton Hammerl, according to a report on Tuesday.

As Libya does not have the capacity to do DNA testing, it was understood officials were in the process of sending the genetic material - from coffin number 57 - to the headquarters of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Bosnia, The Star newspaper reported.

Hammerl was covering the conflict in Libya when he was shot by militia loyal to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi near the town of Brega on April 5 last year.

Brigadier Leonie Ras from the South African police victim identification centre told the daily newspaper that the ICMP was aware of the sample but had not yet received it.

Ras was planning to send DNA samples from Hammerl's parents to the ICMP on Tuesday in a bid to compare them with those found in coffin number 57.