Mark De Salis inquest: Libya beach death hearing opened

17 January 2014 4:00 AM

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Mark De Salis inquest: Libya beach death hearing opened

An inquest into the death of a British man who was shot dead on a beach in Libya has been opened.

The bodies of Mark De Salis, 48, and a woman from New Zealand were found on a beach in western Libya on 2 January.

Mr De Salis, from Stevenage, had worked in Tripoli for six years. Scotland Yard detectives are to investigate the safety protocols for travel outside his work compound.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Bedford Hospital South confirmed Mr De Salis was shot in the head.

The power station project manager and the woman, described by his family as a close friend, were discovered by security forces near a gas and oil facility in the coastal area of Mellitah, 60 miles (100km) west of Tripoli.

The killings came a month after a US teacher was shot dead while out running in the eastern city of Benghazi, after which the Foreign Office said further attacks against westerners were likely.


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