Commonwealth graves desecrated in Libya
Sat, 16 Jun 2012 2:05p.m.
A headstone has been damaged and temporary markers removed from some graves at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi, which contains the remains of New Zealand soldiers.
"The nationality of the individual buried beneath the headstone that was damaged is not yet known," the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs said in a statement yesterday.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is working to identify the individual and to restore any damage. It will also replace the removed grave markers as soon as possible.
A spokesman for New Zealand's Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson said the Government was waiting for more details about the incident from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Eleven New Zealand graves were among 198 damaged at Benghazi in February.
At the time, the Government slammed the vandalism as "disgusting", and Mr Finlayson said overseas authorities needed to stop such acts happening.
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