Ex-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s body remains on a blood-stained mattress in a disused commercial freezer in Misrata, Libya, as the country’s officials continue to discuss the circumstances surrounding how he was killed, and how to dispose of the body.
Video footage of Gaddafi’s body shows extensive wounds suffered by the fallen leader; including scratches across his body, bruising from the beating he was subjected to in his final moments, and at least two bullet wounds – to his head and body.
It has now become clear that the tyrant was made to suffer in his final moments, with footage showing him being pushed and dragged around as he is slapped and hit, all-the-while bleeding heavily and covered in blood.
Although the National Transitional Council announced they would respect Muslim burial rights and bury Gaddafi’s body, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights is calling for an investigation. Ordinarily Islamic burial rights would call for the body to be buried within 24 hours of death. However, Gaddafi’s burial has been delayed whilst a fuller investigation is carried out into how he died, as well as how to dispose of his body.
Opinions vary on how the body should be disposed; after CIA officials and Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in May, his body was dropped in the North Arabian Sea to avoid any monuments or shrines being built for his body.
“More details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture,” said UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville in a statement.
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 dragged through the streets following his capture, was brutally executed with a bullet to the head.
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 Thursday.
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