Mark De Salis inquest: Libya beach death hearing opened

Mark De Salis Energy worker Mark De Salis had lived in Libya for six years

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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.

The inquest at Ampthill Coroner's Court was adjourned until 22 September.

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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