Sunday 29 April 2012
Last Update 11 May 2012 10:49 am
VIENNA: Libya’s former top oil industry official, Shokri Ghanem, has died in Austria of an apparent heart attack, the foreign ministry in Vienna said on Sunday.
Ghanem, 69, had been chairman of Libya’s state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) before defecting last June during the uprising that toppled leader Muammar Qaddafi.
As NOC chairman since 2006, Ghanem helped steer the country’s oil policy and held the high-profile job of representing Libya at OPEC meetings.
He defected in Rome, citing daily bloodshed, and was believed to have been living in Europe since then.
Asked about rumors that Ghanem had died of a heart attack in Austria, a foreign ministry spokesman said: “We have been able to confirm that it is true.”
The spokesman said he could not give any more details.
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