Gaddafi's tribe demand body for burial

2011-10-22 14:25

Cairo - The tribe of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi urged on Saturday the National Transitional Council to hand over his body to to be buried in their hometown of Sirte according to Islamic rules.

"We call on the UN, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Amnesty International to force the National Transitional Council to hand over the martyrs' bodies to our tribe in Sirte and to allow them to perform their burial ceremony in accordance with Islamic customs and rules," the statement from the tribe said.

The statement broadcast by the Syria-based pro-Gaddafi television Al-Rai said relatives demanded that the bodies of Gaddafi, his son and others who were killed on Thursday be handed over immediately.

Gaddafi was captured alive on Thursday by council fighters in Sirte. Some witnesses said he was found hiding in a drainage pipe.

He was then killed along with his son Mutassem. Pictures of their bodies were published by the council before they were reportedly taken to Misrata.

The US government on Friday urged Libya's new leaders to provide "a transparent account" of the death of Gaddafi.

The council's leaders said they would declare plans on Sunday to move the country toward democracy, the Doha-based al Jazeera television reported.

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