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Gadhafis Death Is Raising Questions: Burial Delayed While Answers Are Sought
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Gadhafis Death is Raising Questions: Burial Delayed While Answers Are Sought

It is perhaps one of the most ironic statements of all times, captured on video for the international community to see and hear over and over. The former leader of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, a figure reviled and despised for his strong arm tactics and wanted for international charges of war crimes and human rights violation, chastizing his captors for their treatment of him. Telling them that what they are doing is wrong, not allowed under Islamic law and finally asking them "Don't you know right from wrong?"

The International Criminal Court, which had arrest warrants for Gadhafi, his sons and several other high ranking officials in the former regime, had already approved his burial. That is now being put on hold so that questions can be answered. Those questions deal with what actually happened in the final moments of Gadhafi's life- including who fired the fatal shot that killed him and when. Two separate videos have been released, one showing the deposed leader bloody and battered but still alive while another shows him, lifeless and stripped to the waist.

The United Nation's Human Rights Office is asking for a full investigation to be launched to determine how and why he was killed after being captured by National Transitional Council forces that tracked him down in his hometown of Sirte. Reports indicate that a convoy had been spotted leaving that area, with intelligence reports suggesting that Gadhafi was present. French war planes and a US drone stopped the convoy and ground troops moved in. Gadhafi was pulled from a small drain pipe, carrying a gun but offered no resistance when he was captured.

The first of the videos show him being shoved onto the hood of a car and driven for the frenzied crowd. He speaks to them, asking if they knew what they were doing was wrong and admonishing them that Islamic law did not allow what they were doing. He is wounded in that video, reportedly shot in the arm during his capture. The second video is more troubling according to the Human Rights Office, showing a partially nude, bloodied and lifeless Gadhafi being kicked and rolled along the ground as a gathered crowd shouts and rejoices.

While these questions are investigated, Gadhafi's body will remain in a commercial storage freezer in Misrata.

Meanwhile, the National Transitional Council has changed their plans for the "official" liberation of Libya announcement, moving it to Saturday in the city of Benghazi, considered to be the cradle of the revolution that freed the country. NATO will also discuss how and when to end the military mission that has been ongoing in Libya for over seven months now.


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