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Findings on Gaddafi death 'inconclusive'

2012-03-02 22:16

Tripoli - A UN commission investigating alleged war crimes and human rights violations in Libya was unable to determine the cause of death of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim, a draft report said on Friday.

The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya report said that Gaddafi and his son, who were captured separately on October 20 by fighters from the port city of Misrata, died in unclear circumstances.

"Though wounded, both were alive on capture and subsequently died in thuwar [revolutionary] custody," read an unedited version of the report submitted to the UN council on human rights and reviewed by AFP.

"The commission has been unable to confirm the death of Muammar Gaddafi as an unlawful killing and considers that further investigation is required," it said, making the same recommendation in the case of Mutassim.

Libyan authorities declined to provide the commission with access to Gaddafi's autopsy report despite "numerous requests," it said, noting that its pathologist could not conclude the cause of death from images of the corpse.

In Mutassim's case, the commission was unable to obtain any "account of the circumstances of his death," but reviewed footage "showing him alive" after his capture.

"Both were killed in unclear circumstances after capture but it is apparent that both were initially captured alive," the report said, recommending further investigation in both cases to determine the cause of death.

Controversy has raged over the circumstances of Gaddafi's death after he was taken alive during the fall of his home town of Sirte on October 20.

The new Libyan authorities have insisted the former dictator died as a result of crossfire, but many sources spoke of a summary execution.

The UN report concluded that the subsequent display of the Gaddafi corpses in a meat locker in Misrata "constituted a breach of international customary law".

Comments
  • Amanda Jackson - 2012-03-02 22:32

    The fact that we all saw what happened, has clearly gone over their heads! Once again,spoon feeding the public!

      Pierre - 2012-03-03 09:01

      NATO likes to write their own history irrespective of the facts.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:07

      Pierre, did you read the article? It was a UN declaration, not Nato.

      Vuyo - 2012-03-03 09:30

      Fred , the UN is controlled by Europe and America , which is NATO .

      Fred - 2012-03-03 10:03

      Vuyo, just read up. Look at the members of the Security Council. Look at what has happened with helping the Syrian people who are being killed by an oppressive regime that's been in power for 48 years, denying Syrians the right to vote. Look at the US's refusals to pay its dues to the UN. Just read up and educate yourself. Take off your preconceived beliefs though, or you'll land up at the same wrong place that you're in now.

      Anthony - 2012-03-03 13:55

      @Vuyo "the UN is controlled by Europe and America , which is NATO ". Ahhhhhhh, now I get it....that's the reason 134 countries could not get a resolution past condemning these assad thugs !!!!!!??????!!!!!!! If you want to make a comment , say something meaningful, otherwise rather stick to the murder and accident stories !!!

      Fred - 2012-03-04 08:35

      Patrick, do you really think you're that smart that you can come on here and flat-out lie, and readers won't know it? Actually, you're VERY dumb to try this.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-02 22:32

    Who would have thought!

  • Max - 2012-03-02 22:36

    As long as they stay dead it doesn't matter how they died.

  • inwardk - 2012-03-02 22:43

    I'm no fan of Gaddafi, but he was murdered in cold blood, we all know he did not die a natural death, so it's just very uncool to pretend otherwise. Just like Steve Biko all over again. It's the dishonesty I can't stand. Then rather say "he was murdered, but we are going to turn a blind eye to it" - at least that is honest.

      Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:17

      Got what he deserved.Thousands died at his hands. Time to do the same to Assad and closer to home Bob and buddies.

  • Sipho - 2012-03-03 00:30

    mean while in the US, idiot ex-pat freedom fighters who left america for libya to help overthrow are now on america's NO FLY LIST and are being denied access back into the country. when asked why they were detained and placed on the no fly list,the former idiot libyan freedom fighters stated that the F.B.I told them that "libya has been taken over by RADICAL EXTREMIST ISLAMIST,and we want to know the names of every one that you met and spoke with" carefull what you wish for!

      Fred - 2012-03-03 23:43

      I think the people of the Middle East have had enough of oppression. In this connected Information Age, they want to be part of the Modern World. I very much doubt they'll allow extremists to fill the space left by the self-serving, oppressive dictators.

  • Boer - 2012-03-03 01:02

    Thought it was a bullet. They should gave let him bleed to death, real slow.

  • Fred - 2012-03-03 03:17

    It was ugly and should never have happened. But it was war and he chose to die that way.

  • Tutonda Ntamba - 2012-03-03 07:16

    It's a mistake to kill a man who took more than 15 years to lead the country , most of the secret are gone .who's going to deliver .African just wake up

      Allan - 2012-03-03 08:52

      Wake up Tutonda ... he didn't lead .... he bludgeoned, tortured and killed his own. Got what he knew he was going to get.

      heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-03 12:36

      Africa is being delivered to the Chinese for chump change as we speak by the people you voted for. You are the Africa that needs to wake up.

      Fidel - 2012-03-03 14:10

      Ah China, the new bogey man! It was the Reds under the bed, then followed by Al Qaeda, and now it's China's turn. Your paranoid mindset is not all that dissimilar, borne out by the ease with which you can be whipped into a terrified frenzy by the hyping of the latest bogeyman. Fools then and fools now!

      Anthony - 2012-03-03 14:15

      There is going to be, for years to come, much debate about the Chinese in Africa , but in the meantime, hey, let's for a minute forget our differences, and agree , these Chinese are smart and slimy !! They are the ONLY ones, outside of Libya, that came out as WINNERS in this tragedy, They secured a , much needed, oil supply.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 23:44

      But then you have a BIG chip on your shoulder about the so-called West.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-03 08:04

    good now lets move on we have spend too much time on this idiot

  • Pierre - 2012-03-03 08:17

    Nato apparently cannot determine the “cause of death”, however News24 talked about the “slain leader” in the 4th line of above article. MSWord’s synonyms for slay says “kill, murder, exterminate, etc”. If the cause of death is unclear, can we talk about slaying? Maybe some rare ancestral inherited genetic decease kicked in at the point of gunfire and caused his death? Is it the cause of death that is unclear or who did the slaying that is unclear? To complicate things the article then talk about “died in unclear circumstances”. What is really unclear; the cause of death or the circumstances or both? (because they are not the same thing.) From this mumbo jumbo lets construct a few scenarios. Yes he clearly died of gun shots, but who and geographically where is unclear. Or the cause is unclear but they cannot determine if he was shot by the Rebels, or shot and than in a torture sell beaten to death. It is not possible to determine if it was the gunshot wound or big wound administered by a blunt instrument that caused the death. Look cut the BS. Libya was a disaster and flew in the face of every international law. NATO is just the biggest [some expletives] hypocrites that I have ever seen. Because of the NATO’s buffoonish behaviour in Libya, Russia and China are not going to allow intervention in Syria.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 09:15

      Clearly, you have an anti-Nato bias and a misunderstanding of what Nato is. The article is about the UN, not Nato. Plus, are you aware that Nato's second-largest member country is Turkey, a country of 73 million Muslims?

      Anthony - 2012-03-03 14:03

      @Pierre,, Agree, let's cut the BS. This murderers fruitcake is dead, and as someone said; as long as he does not wake up , it's fine !!!!! The Libyans are now busy building a new Libya, from scatch , and one without unmarked shallow graves !!!!!!!

      Fred - 2012-03-03 23:50

      At least we know clearly where you stand on issues of human rights, Patrick. Not in the light, the dark. Every oppressive regime, from the Apartheid state, to the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba trot out those same stats. When the curtain has come down, a totally different picture. In the case of Libya, billions were stolen from the state's coffers by Gaddafi and his calm FOR THEMSELVES. Regrettably this is inimitable African style. In that respect he was a true African. Hero? If you worship madmen with sick Ego's, yes. There are risks in North Africa for sure. But the so-called West that you hate so much is not in control of the choices being made. It cannot be, and that is a good thing isn't it?

      Fred - 2012-03-03 23:51

      At least we know clearly where you stand on issues of human rights, Patrick. Not in the light, the dark. Every oppressive regime, from the Apartheid state, to the Soviet Union, China, and Cuba trot out those same stats. When the curtain has come down, a totally different picture. In the case of Libya, billions were stolen from the state's coffers by Gaddafi and his clan FOR THEMSELVES. Regrettably this is inimitable African style. In that respect he was a true African. Hero? If you worship madmen with sick Ego's, yes. There are risks in North Africa for sure. But the so-called West that you hate so much is not in control of the choices being made. It cannot be, and that is a good thing isn't it?

  • Terrence - 2012-03-03 08:27

    Horse Sherbet ! Everybody with a TV saw how he died.

  • Genie Lowkey - 2012-03-03 08:29

    Just because i was a bastard in my life time doesn't mean the truth about my death should remain a mystery. This report undermines our intelligence cause we all know the man was murdered in cold blood, inconclusive my left foot!

      Boer - 2012-03-03 13:23

      His blood was hot when it ran out. It was only when he was put in the freezer next to porky that his blood became cold.

  • neo.mokhonoane - 2012-03-03 10:30

    These UN people think that Africans are fools and deserve stupid feedback in the form of twaak (nonsense) reporting. The General even if we did not support instability in Lybia, he was murdered, shot point blank on his forehead by the same guys who were paid by america to kill him.I mean everybody saw the killing and capturing. If they claim that they cannot find cause of death then they are very naive and foolish. Let them google You tube for the pictures and the answer is there. These morons continue to colonise us (Africans) again. The UN secretary Moon (moron) knows the cause of death so is Obama and the imperialists.Once again the writing of history will be wrong.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 19:29

      "Paid by America to kill him". You're being stupid, no offense. The correct information is easily available in this Information Age. But you'll have to drop the big chip on your shoulder, and the faulty mis-education you've been given, or you're going to still be wrong. Be sure to cover the section on colonizing African tribal wars. And understand that this is part of human history, in whatever culture or continent. The wrong history is the one you're thinking. Everyone with a clear mind can see this.

      Fred - 2012-03-03 19:31

      If you don't, you'll be the loser. Another wasted life. I sincerely hope not.

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