Skip to comments.NTC says Gaddafi buried in secret grave
Posted on 10/25/2011 1:59:32 AM PDT by Cardhu
Burial of deposed Libyan leader, his son Mutassim and an ex-aide marked by prayers offered by his tribe, sources say.
Libya's National Transitional Council has buried Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim and a former aide at a secret location in the desert at dawn, sources tell Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera's correspondent on the ground reported, quoting an NTC source, that all three were buried on Tuesday and members of Gaddafi's tribe said prayers to mark the burial.
The bodies had been moved late on Monday from a commercial freezer in a warehouse area of Misrata in anticipation of burial, according to a security guard.
Ibrahim Beitalmal, a local military spokesman, had earlier said the three men would be interred in unmarked graves in a secret location to avoid vandalism.
The developments came as the New York-based rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), warned of a "trend of killings, looting and other abuses" by those who had fought against Gaddafi.
HRW said it had found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi loyalists, in Sirte, and that there were indications they may have been executed by revolutionary forces.
The bodies were found on the lawn of the abandoned Mahari hotel, and some had their hands bound.
Peter Bouckaert, a researcher for HRW, said the hotel had been under the control of NTC fighters from Misrata before the killings took place.
The condition of the bodies suggested that the men had been killed between October 15 and 19, HRW said.
Bloodstains on the grass and spent cartridges indicated that some were shot and killed at the spot they were discovered.
"This latest massacre seems part of a trend of killings, looting, and other abuses committed by armed anti-Gaddafi fighters who consider themselves above the law," Bouckaert said in a statement.
NTC fighters in Misrata, a city that had been besieged by Gaddafi's troops for weeks earlier this year, had no immediate comment.
The US state department termed the report "extremely disturbing".
Gene Cretz, the US ambassador to Libya, had "raised it with the National Transitional Council today and asked them to conduct a full investigation", according to a state department spokesperson
Earlier, the NTC ordered an investigation into the death of Gaddafi after international pressure to examine the circumstances surrounding his death.
A commission of inquiry is being put in place to investigate the killing of Gaddafi, who was captured by NTC fighters outside Sirte on Thursday and shot shortly afterwards, apparently while being transported to Misrata.
"In response to international calls, we have started to put in place a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances of Muammar Gaddafi's death in the clash with his circle as he was being captured," Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the NTC, said in Bengazi on Monday.
government was already under way, and would be completed "within two weeks".
He said all Libyans "wanted to try [Gaddafi] for what he has done to them. From executions, to imprisonment, to throwing away the Libyan wealth ... or using that wealth against the Libyan people".
The NTC has insisted that Gaddafi was killed in "crossfire" between NTC fighters and pro-Gaddafi loyalists after his capture from a drainage pipe outside his hometown of Sirte.
Some members of the NTC, as well as of the international community, have expressed doubt over this version of events.
The US, Britain and international rights groups have all called for an investigation into how Gaddafi was killed in what appeared to be one of the final acts of Libya's eight-month civil war.
Critics have also said that the fact that Gaddafi's body, along with that of Mutassim, was put on display raises questions about the NTC's commitment to the rule of law.
Abdel Jalil has said Gaddafi may have been killed by his own loyalists in order to escape being implicated by him in any trial.
"Some people may have wanted him to have been tried to extend their feeling of relief at his downfall," he said.
"Free Libyans wanted Gaddafi to spend as much time in prison as possible and feel humiliation as much as possible."
anyone else notice how the video and pictures flood the net moments after .. but, obama thought OBL’s pictures (1 shot to head) was not allowed to be shown?
I don’t think it matters. We’ve all seen Kennedy shot at least two thousand times in that grainy tape of the plaza.
it matters to those who believe it was a lie and that the Seals were killed to cover it
But wait! Didn’t Obama rush to the microphone immediately after Bin-Laden was allegedly killed to educate us all about how muslim tradition dictates that an immediate burial at sea was the proscribed method of disposing of such corpses??
Our seals were pro’bly starting to wonder who they really took out in Pakistan. According to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benizar Bhutto, Osama had been dead since 2006 and she named the man that killed him. Only to die herself a few weeks later at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.
I can’t help but let a thought wander through my mind if they guy they took out in Pakistan could account for a lot of Barack Hussein Obama’s time when he was missing in action from Columbia University where nobody had ever heard of him.
Now we’re seeing an almost benign Qaddafi and his well developed country reduced to rubble and handed over to Muslim Brotherhood terrorists along with the Libyans $34 billion in cash. Qaddafi, a former pal of Obama’s mentor radical Imam Jeremiah Wright disguised as a radical Christian preacher in a Church of Christ in Chicago. What did Qaddafi do except refuse to let Goldman Sachs, Obama’s great contributor ($1,319,000.00), refuse to let them steal Libyan money. Strange isn’t it, the same week Goldman Sachs announced they lost Libyan money in hedgefund bets, Obama suddenly made up his mind, after weeks of waffling, Qaddafi had to be removed. Or did Qaddafi also know a lot about the man in our White House from his pal Imam Jeremiah Wright.
Obama’s happy Muslim Brotherhood’s lawless ‘soldiers’ are as of Sunday through today destroying all the Sufi mosques and Christian churches in Libya as the people stand by helpless waiting to be subjected to the oppression of Sha’ria Law. Happy days ahead for the Libyans, right? Especially now that they’re discovering all the bodies of Qaddafi loyalists strewn across the country.
Now I’ll take off my tin foil hat, and sit and drink my coffee and try to stop my mind from wandering in such strange places regarding the mystery man in our White House. We all know he’s just an abandoned patriotic kid, born and raised in Hawaii that just happened to have a lot of strange commie bedfellows in his happy youth and adulthood, right? Brilliant young Harvard (the most commie school in the US)graduate and Constitutional scholar.
No need to worry at all that our country has been brought to rack and ruin under his and Marxist radical democrats in congress’ watch, as well as the Middle East, North Africa, and global finances.
No need to wonder at all why he’s sent 100 of our very best soldiers to Uganda to fight off a supposedly radical Christian movement there that nobody’s heard of much before.
Okay, back to being just a Grandma doting on her grandkids, and enjoying the good life. Ya’ll have a great day! lol
Sure, that’ll stay secret. http://www.durangotexas.com/eyesontexas/dallas/oswald.htm
They should have asked the U.S. Navy for some help.
Uday and Qusay are ead-day.
Whta tics me is making our troops participate in a muslim burial rite for Osama. Since when....
The whole mission was classified, then the WH announces the mission, troops involved, reporter videos of the sight. Then tells us the death photos are "classified".
It is mildly interesting that Gaddafi ended up very much like the creator of Libya - Mussolini.
At this point, we have little ability to influence events in Libya, and I expect we will see yet another shift towards radical fundamentalist Islam as we are seeing in Tunisia and Egypt. Arab Spring! Hope! Democracy! My butt.
Obama’s acts remind me of the scene from “Airplane” where Ted tells Elaine every facet of an attack mission, then claims their return, after the mission is finished, is classified. Obama makes as little sense.
Putting Osama’s head on a spike would only be good if Obama changes the rules of engagement for our troops to “it’s open season on suspected terrorists or any of their suspected collaborators.” THAT would win the war.
Thanks for posting this! It is important that we know what is going on with these “Uprisings”.
So far not a single “Arab Spring” country has replaced their dictators with anything better, and in most cases the new regime is filled with Muslim Brotherhood, Sharia Law fanatics.
Wonderful. Just what we needed.
The circumstances of his death will come back to haunt these Libyan ‘leaders’.
And these fools somehow actually thought this would be a peaceful change over with hugging, kissing, and doing the Marcarania??
The “secret” burial site will either be totally desecrated, or become an Islamic shrine, within a month!
So I guess this means that the people of libya got tired of sodomizing and mutilating his dead body?
In a secret grave ... next to Jimmy Hoffa.
US Navy SEALS have more discipline than ragtag Libyan militiamen... whoda thunk it?