Libyan shooting passed to NZ coroner

03:10, Jan 17 2014

The death of Wellington woman Lynn Howie in Libya has been referred to New Zealand's chief coroner.

Lynn Howie, 46, was shot alongside Mark De Salis, 48, as the pair picnicked together on a beach near the city of Sabratha in Libya earlier this month.

It was normal procedure to refer a death to the chief coroner when a body was repatriated from overseas, a Justice Ministry spokesman said.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) spokesman said no arrests had yet been made.

Ms Howie will be farewelled at a private funeral next week.

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