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Exiled former Libyan oil minister found dead in Danube

Austrian police report the body of a former Libyan oil minister, Shukri Ghanem, who served under late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, was found fully-clothed in the Danube River.

A passer-by saw the body under a bridge near a popular recreation site in Vienna, the BBC news is reporting.

Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger said Ghanem, 69, had no personal identification documents on him with the exception of one item naming the company for which he was currently working. Hahslinger also stated, “There would be no signs of violence if someone pushed him in. But it’s also possible that he became ill and fell into the water.”

Police spokesman Hahslinger also told Al Jazeera the body was found in the Danube, close to the apartment and a popular a waterfront. They are appealing for witnesses, and plan to do a post-mortem examination on Monday.

Ghanem was last seen by his daughter on Saturday night in their apartment in a suburb of Vienna. She went to bed and when she woke up he was not in the apartment.

Joerg Michener, a journalist based in Vienna, told Al Jazeera, “As far as we know there are no direct links to the Libyan revolution but police are currently investigating this.”

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