After four days of display in Misurata, the body of the ousted Libyan dictator, Muammed Gaddafi was moved to a secret location in the southern Libyan desert and buried. The burial took place at 5 am local time, with a few relatives and officials present. The bodies of Mutassim Gaddafi and former Defence Minister Abu Bakr Younis were also buried at the site. Muslim clerics were present at the burial and prayed over the bodies. The burial ends 42 years of Gaddafi’s rule.
Although this ends the Gaddafi chapter in Libya, there are still several unanswered questions on the death of Gaddafi. The official NTC account said that Gaddafi had died in a crossfire, but video coverage circulating appear to be telling a different story. In separate accounts of Libyan fighters, one account said that Gaddafi was hurt during the capture but was standing. Another account said that Gaddafi had not had the fatal shot to the head when placed in the ambulance. Feeling the pressure the Interim Leader of the NTC, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, has ordered an investigation into the matter.
Human Rights Watch, based in NYC, reported finding of 53 bodies at a hotel in Sirte, with their hands bound at the back, apparently executed by Libyan rebels from Misurata.
The four day display of Gaddafi’s body and subsequent burial ends the chapter of a long brutal dictatorship in Libya. Jalil has announced that the new Libyan legal system will be based on Sharia law, although he assured Western nations that Libyans are moderate Muslims. There are no doubt many challenges as Libya enters the post Gaddafi era, one of them being to unite the revolutionaries. Will it be a democracy in the Western sense? Probably not.