Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial
Posted on Oct 21, 2011
Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in an “extrajudicial” manner is unclear, which means his body will be kept in official custody for a period of investigation. And as with bin Laden, Gadhafi’s final resting place may be at sea, the BBC reported Friday. —KA
Meanwhile, questions are mounting as to exactly what happened in Col Gaddafi’s last moments following his capture.
Officials have denied he was executed.
Acting Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said Col Gaddafi had been shot in the head in an exchange of fire between Gaddafi loyalists and NTC fighters following his capture in his hometown of Sirte.
Video footage suggests he was dragged through the streets.
An NTC fighter told the BBC he found the former Libyan leader hiding in a drainage pipe and he had begged him not to shoot.
The fighter showed reporters a golden pistol he said he had taken from Col Gaddafi.
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