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Gaddafi's Widow Demands UN Probe Into Brutal Killing

London, Oct 22: Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's widow Safia has demanded a probe by United Nations into the killing of her husband and children, reports Daily Mail.Syrian TV quoted her from Algeria demanding that

PTI [ Updated: October 22, 2011 10:33 IST ]
gaddafi s widow demands un probe into brutal killing
gaddafi s widow demands un probe into brutal killing

London, Oct 22: Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's widow Safia has demanded a probe by United Nations into the killing of her husband and children, reports Daily Mail.


Syrian TV quoted her from Algeria demanding that the UN investigate the circumstances of Gaddafi's killing. Safia said, she was proud of the courage shown by her husband and children.





Both the United Nations and Amnesty International called for investigations, a call echoed by Gaddafi's widow, Safia, from her exile in neighbouring Algeria.

 

TV reports in Dubai and Jordan claimed yesterday that Gaddafi's daughter Ayesha called her father's mobile phone after seeing reports in Algeria that he had been captured.

The phone was answered by fighters. Aisha screamed at them and called them ‘rats'.

Rebel fighters apparently executed the wounded dictator having captured him alive.



The shooting has raised unwanted questions about the ability of the new leadership to control the men with guns, as well as causing discomfort for Western allies about respect for justice and human rights among those who claimed to be fighting for just those ideals.



A series of graphic videos apparently taken on mobile phones clearly shows Gaddafi alive after being pulled from a concrete sewer in his home city of Sirte on Thursday morning, being manhandled by NTC fighters and then his dead body being dragged along a pavement.



It emerged that Gaddafi's son Mutassim, who commanded the defence of Sirte, was also killed after capture.

On Friday his body, scarred by numerous cigarette burns, was laid out beside his father's in a makeshift mortuary at an old meat store in the coastal city of Misrata.



While few mourned the deaths, the growing row cast a shadow over the celebrations with NTC officials and fighters telling differing stories. Some denied that Gaddafi had been executed and claimed instead that he was shot in a firefight after his arrest.

But one NTC minister in the Libyan capital Tripoli told the Mail yesterday that officials had been saying for weeks that Gaddafi would be shot if cornered – a claim at odds with the official rebel line.



‘He took their blood – they had to take his,' the senior minister  said. ‘We couldn't have stopped them even if we had tried. It was their due after seeing their brothers killed.'

Rupert Colville, a UN human rights spokesman, said: ‘There seem to be four or five different versions of how he died.

‘If you take these videos together, they are rather disturbing because you see someone who has been captured alive and then you see the same person dead.



‘We feel that it is very important that there is a serious investigation into what caused his death.'

Libya's Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, reading what he said was a post-mortem report, stated that Gaddafi was hauled unresisting from the sewer pipe, shot in the arm and put in a truck which was ‘caught in crossfire' as it ferried him to hospital.

Dr Ibrahim Tika, who examined the bodies in Misrata yesterday, said: ‘There was a bullet and that was the primary reason for his death, it penetrated his gut . . . then there was another bullet that went in and out of his head.'

The medical evidence appears to support the claims of fighters involved in Gaddafi's capture  who said in the immediate aftermath that he had been shot in the stomach.

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