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Various cell phone videos of Gaddafi’s last moments have been documented, showing the wounded and disoriented ex-dictator being shuffled through the streets of Sirte.
In one of the videos, Gaddafi asks his rebel captors, “What did I do to you?”
“Do you know right from wrong?” he questions.
Rumors concerning Libya’s ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s cause of death continue to circulate Friday morning.
According to a Senior NATO official, Gaddafi was wounded in an airstrike that took place yesterday morning. In the airstrike, a French warplane and a U.S. predator drone fired weapons, including a Hellfire missile, into a convoy trying to flee Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte.
Most contest that Gaddafi escaped the air attack with injuries, and took refuge with his body guards in a nearby concrete sewer tunnel located in a drainage ditch, where he was found by the Misrata Military Council.
Ironically, Gaddafi once referred to those uprising against his power as “rats,” yet as rebels joyously highlight, it was Gaddafi in the end who was found hiding in a sewer pleading for mercy.
Libya’s prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, has reported that according to the forensics report, Gaddafi was shot once in the arm when found in the sewer tunnel, and then shot in the head in transit from the tunnel to the hospital.
“When the car was moving it was caught in crossfire between the revolutionaries and Gaddafi forces in which he was hit by a bullet in the head,” Jibril said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
“The forensic doctor could not tell if it came from the revolutionaries or from Gaddafi's forces," he added.
Jibril then went on to add that Gaddafi died minutes before reaching the hospital.
Others argue that Gaddafi, after being paraded through the streets of Sirte, was assassinated by a bullet to the head on the ambulance ride to the hospital in Misrata.
However, such an informal execution with no chance for trial would not shed a democratic light on Libya’s new government.
Some commentators have suggested that this could be the reason why Libya is saying Gaddafi was killed in a cross-fire and not executed by rebels.
Regardless of how he died, both President Obama and Prime Minister Jibril contend that the developments serve as a promising future for Libya.
“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” confirmed Jibril.
“This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for Libya,” contended Obama.
Although he was ousted from power in late August, Gaddafi loyalists continued to resist the new Libyan government, prolonging an eight-month civil war and halting the country’s political progression.
The dictator ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years.
The media is circulating footage of Libyans celebrating the death of Gaddafi. The dictator’s death signifies that the civil war is effectively over, and there is a promising future of the Libyan people.
With the death of the dictator, questions arise concerning the future of Libya’s government. Critics wonder if the Transitional Council will be able to uphold a democratic government without the need for military support.
Gaddafi was wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, for crimes against humanity. It was believed that after rebels captured Tripoli and were unable to find Gaddafi there, that he was hiding in his hometown of Sirte, which is where he was killed today.
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