DNA Testing Identifies Family Member Killed by Gaddafi Militia

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DNA Worldwide Rapid Victim DNA Testing Identifies Family Member Killed by Gadafi Militia in Libya

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I can see many families like us needing this service

Dr. Jamal El-shawish contacted DNA Worldwide Group through the Libyan Embassy Health Office in London to request DNA Testing on a body found in the Libyan Desert suspected of being his nephew Ahmed Etohami Elshawesh.

Dr Jamal’s nephew, Ahmed had been arrested with two of his friends on the 6th September 2011 by Gaddafi militia in Sirte and had not been heard from since. It was too dangerous even to ask the militia about him, as there was armed group designed to kill anyone who suspicious not loyal to Gaddafi. Despite numerous attempts to locate Ahmed, his family had not made any progress.

Few days after the Sirte liberation from Gaddafi militia and on the 2nd of November a group of six dead bodies were found dumped in a remote area of the Libyan desert called Wadi Alzeid, about 40km south of Sirte city. Each body was tied hands, tied legs and covered eyes, they been tortured and then been killed by a close gun shoot to the head. Whilst some of the bodies could be identified, due to the condition and brutality of the situation the one suspected to be Ahmed could not.

Ahmed’s father spoke to leading doctors and pathologists in Libya to find the best way for positive identification. Each path he tried came to a dead end with a lack of equipment, skilled forensic analysis or corruption putting up barriers.

On the recommendation of a family doctor a sample of DNA was carefully collected from the body and securely brought to the UK. Dr Jamal immediately met with Health Staff of the Libyan Embassy Health Office in London to find an appropriate specialist they trusted.

After careful research was conducted DNA Worldwide Group was chosen as the preferred partner for the Libyan Embassy to carry out the forensic identification process, the Health Staff comment “After looking for a suitable company, we felt that DNA Worldwide could offer the experience and support on such a delicate and complex case”

Mr Nicholson, Managing Director of DNA Worldwide Group adds, “When Dr Jamal and Health Staff of the Libyan embassy contacted us it was clear that obtaining a DNA testing result as quickly as possible was of upmost priority. But more than this they wanted a company they could trust.”

Within 24 hours of instruction samples had been received at DNA Worldwide Group via secure chain-of-custody and testing started. The dedicated forensic team worked with focus and a few days later the results, providing positive proof of identification where released to the family of Ahmed and the Health Department of the Libyan embassy.

Dr Jamal advises, “Whilst the news is difficult for our family to face, we can now start to plan for the future. I can see many families like us needing this service”.

With thousands more bodies needing identification across Libya and the increase in mass disasters worldwide Mr Nicholson adds, “Our unique Rapid Victim Identification Kit and Service is becoming an increasingly important solution to a growing global problem.”

With over 1 year since Gaddafi was killed the story that Dr Jamal shares shows the long last result of Militia and the problems that thousands of families face. DNA Testing facilities are being setup in Libya to try and identify the 10,000 missing bodies. A local news story shows the importance of a secure DNA Testing facility.

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