New footage has emerged showing ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s capture by rebel fighters from a new angle, where Gaddafi falls to his knees in his final moments while rebels argue over whether to kill him.
The footage shows Gaddafi pleading for mercy trying to persuade them to spare his life.
At least four mobile phone videos have emerged on the Internet suggesting that the fallen dictator attempted to reason with rebels, demanding his legal rights to fair treatment and asking them, “Do you know right from wrong?”
In one film, published on Friday, rebels are seen walking a dazed Gaddafi, bleeding from a head wound, down a slope from the drain, with some beating him along the way.
While the footage is grainy and taken by way of shaky mobile phones, Gaddafi was dragged onto the hood of a pick-up truck in the background of the video while men in the distance shouted, “Don’t kill him! Don’t kill him! We need him alive!”
Gaddafi also said, “What do you want? Don’t kill me, my sons,” as he was captured by fighters.
The Telegraph reported that Salem Bakeer, one of the fighters, said, "One of Gaddafi's men came out waving his rifle in the air and shouting 'surrender', but as soon as he saw my face he started shooting at me.”
According to an official statement by the National Transitional Council, Gaddafi was shot before his capture and died from his wounds on route to Misrata.
The Global Post reported that fighters on the scene said he was injured in the shoulder and leg when he was found. Blood also appears to be flowing from a head injury.
In another recently released video that appears to be shot on the road and runs over the drain where Gaddafi had hidden, the despot is shown being hauled onto the bonnet of a Toyota 4x4, his shirt getting filled with more blood from the wound on the left hand side of his head.
According to the NTC, Gaddafi died in a “crossfire” when he was transported in a pick-up truck. However, other NTC officials have been reported as quietly agreeing that rebels executed him.
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