Serbian Ambassador to Libya dies in car accident in Tunisia

The Serbian Ambassador to Libya Oliver Potezica has died in a hospital in Sousse, Tunisia, of injuries that he received in a traffic accident in this Tunisian town.

Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic confirmed the news on Wednesday.

The daily Vecernje Novosti reported, citing sources, that Potezica was in a coma before dying, and that a probe is under way to find out whether the diplomat was the target of terrorist or criminal groups.

The car that he was driving at the time of the crash will be investigated by experts to determine whether “somebody deliberately caused some malfunction.”

Before his death, Potezica was visited by Serbian MFA’s General Secretary Veljko Obradovic.

When the accident happened, Potezica was on an approved business trip to Tunisia, “necessary for the functioning of the embassy in Tripoli,” a statement said.

In 2015, two Serbian embassy staffers were kidnapped in Libya while traveling in Potezica’s convoy of vehicles that came under attack.

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