Mustafa Abdul-Jalil Orders Investigation into Gaddafi’s Death

The horrid pictures of Gaddafi’s final hours/minutes have been flashed around the world.  The question still remains how the Libyan dictator met his final demise.  Despite some reports by Libyan fighters that Gaddafi was placed into an ambulance without a gunshot to the head, the official line still remains that Gaddafi was killed during crossfire between revolutionary forces and Gaddafi Loyalists.  International pressure has forced Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the Interim leader of Libya to order an investigation into Gaddafi’s death.

While the conflicting reports still exist, Jalil has now raised another possibility.  During a press conference in Bengazi, Jalil told reporters that there was a new possibility on how Gaddafi may have been killed.  He suggested that Gaddafi could have been killed by his own supporters to prevent him from implicating them in past misdeeds under his regime.

“Let us question who has the interest in the fact that Gadhafi will not be tried. Libyans want to try him for what he did to them, with executions, imprisonment and corruption.  Free Libyans wanted to keep Gadhafi in prison and humiliate him as long as possible. Those who wanted him killed were those who were loyal to him or had played a role under him, his death was in their benefit.”

A committee has been formed by the National Transitional Council to investigate the circumstances leading to the death.  Based on the information released by the NTC to date, including the new theory, despite the questions raised by the pictures and the testimony of Libyan fighters, truthful results of the investigation need to be questioned.

If Gaddafi had been captured by NATO forces, surely the main stream media would press for a full international investigation and frankly nothing less should be accepted here.  While most wanted the Liberal Mad Dog dead, the commitment to the rule of law by the NTC has to be questioned.

The New York based Human Rights Watch warned on a trend of killings, looting and other human rights abuses after finding 53 bodies that are estimated to have been killed between October 15th and 19th.  The bodies apparently had their hands bound behind their back and were executed.  Rebels from Misurata were in control of the hotel where the bodies were found.

“We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi supporters, at an abonded hotel in Sirte,” said Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch (HRW), who investigated the killings. 

“Some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot.”

The bodies were found on Sunday in District 2 in Sirte at the Hotel Mahari, a district that was under control of fighters from Misurata.

The bodies were massed together, apparently where they were killed, on the grass in the sea-view garden of the hotel, a statement by HRW said.

The West has also been critical of the handling of Gaddafi’s remains, which have been on display in a commerical cooler and missed the deadline for a proper Muslim burial.  Apparently another committee will be formed to decide what to do with Gaddafi’s body.

On Monday the NTC said that the bodies of Gaddafi and his son Mutassim had been moved from Misurata to a secret location, where Gaddafi is to be given a simple burial with Muslim clerics present.

During yesterday’s declaration of the Liberation of Libya, Jalil said that Sharia would be used as the basis of the Libyan constitution, although he assured the world that they are moderate Muslims.  He assured that there would be a referendum on the new constitution once drawn up.

This is not the final chapter of the Libya story.  Stay tuned for future developments

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