Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was buried in a secret location at dawn Islamic ceremony. Few relatives and officials were in attendance.
The ceremony marked the end of a nearly 42-year rule, but did not silence the demands for an investigation into his death as well as his burial.
The body of Gadhafi was on display for four days in the infamous city of Misrata. According to Ibrahim Beitalmal, a spokesman for the military council in Misrata, Gadhafi was then buried at dawn Tuesday in an unmarked grave to prevent vandalism. “Islamic prayers were read over the bodies and that relatives and members of the local and military councils of Misrata attended the funeral.” Moreover, the location was kept secret to prevent Gadhafi loyalist from turning the site into a shrine.
Gadhafi was captured alive, with several injuries, but died under unverified circumstances.
As a result of mounting international pressure, Libya‘s interim leaders have promised to launch an investigation to establish how Gadhafi was killed. Cell phone video footage clearly shows him being abused and beaten by a mob immediately after his capture.
Human Rights Watch, based in New York, said there is strong circumstantial evidence that Gadhafi was murdered in custody. Many eye witnesses are claiming Ghadafi was captured alive, then, systematically murdered by the mob.
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, issued a statement that supported calls for an investigation into Gadhafi’s death as part of Libya’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Despite the characterization of Gadhafi by the international community as a tyrant, should an investigation be launched regarding this death?
- Gadhafi and son buried at dawn in secret location (theglobeandmail.com)