Monday, April 30, 2012

Libya - Mysterious Death

العثور على جثة وزير النفط الليبي في نظام القذافي في نهر الدانوب
Corpse discovered in river Danube, belonging to
Libya's [former] oil minister during Gaddafi era.

According to Al-Jazeera and BBC Arabic, the former oil minister of Libya, Shukri Ghanim (شكري غانم), has been found dead in Vienna / Austria, floating in the Danube river. He served Gaddafi until his spectacular defection during the most militant phase of the Libyan revolution and was recently living in Vienna.
The Arabic text below has been extracted from BBC Arabic on April 29 and is followed by my own translation:

وقال مصدر في الشرطة النمساوية إن غانم لم يكن يحمل إثبات هوية، لكن كان بحوزته وثيقة تفيد بعمله في إحدى الشركات
Austrian police says that Ghanim did not carry with him any proof [or: paper] of identity but it seems that a document in his possession is indicating his function in some company.

وكان وزير النفط الليبي السابق قد ترك ليبيا في شهر يونيو / حزيران الماضي بعد اندلاع الثورة الليبية وغادر إلى النمسا التي يعرفها جيداً حيث مقر منظمة الدول المصدرة للنفط التي كان يحضر اجتماعاتها بحكم منصبه السابق
The former oil minister of Libya, after having left Libya last June [in the wake of] the outbreak of the Libyan revolution, [defected] to Austria which he knew well as the location of the organization of oil exporting nations and where he prepared the conferences with the authority of his former position.

Site of Death: River Danube at Vienna

Latest News from Iran:

إيران تقول إن هناك مؤشرات على مشاركة طائرات أمريكية في المناورات الخليجية

Iran says [there are] indicators [hinting at] a contribution of U.S. planes in [Persian Gulf] manoeuvres.
[Source: Al-Jazeera, Arabic channel, on May 1at, 2012]