Identification of victims from mass grave discovery near Benghazi, Libya



Ghaleb SS, Elwahab Hassan DA, Elroby FA, Mogassabi KR, Attia Alemam A.


J Forensic Leg Med. 2019 Oct;67:24-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2019.07.012. Epub 2019 Jul 29.


BACKGROUND: A mass grave is any site that containing two or more associated corpses, at random or on purpose placed, of people who have died as a result of extra-judicial or random executions, not including those people who have died from armed confrontations or known major catastrophes. CASE PRESENTATION: The purpose of this paper is to explain how to reconstruct a biological profile of decomposed or skeletonized bodies and clarify the efforts done by the Libyan scientist after 2011 revolution and to set a reference for other researcher. The alleged location of the grave, as well as the alleged number and identities of the persons buried in the grave were obtained exclusively from witnesses’ and relatives’ testimonies. CONCLUSION: As the testimonies said, the grave was located at the alleged location and seven skeletons were exhumed. Also, the osteological and DNA study made investigators to identify the exhumed skeletons. And the dental analysis support the identification of a seven man alleged to have been buried in the grave, 7 victims were discovered. CI – Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.

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Link/DOI: 10.1016/j.jflm.2019.07.012