Libyans rule out Gaddafi post-mortem

2011-10-22 19:00

Misrata - Military commanders in the Libyan city of Misrata said Saturday that no post-mortem would be carried out on the body of Muammar Gaddafi despite concerns over how the toppled dictator died.

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said an investigation was being conducted into the circumstances of Gaddafi’s killing following his capture, bloodied but still alive, during the fall of his hometown Sirte on Thursday, after several foreign governments and human rights watchdogs posed questions.

But the military leadership in Misrata, where Gaddafi’s body had been stored in a vegetable market freezer overnight and was again put on display for hundreds of curious onlookers on Saturday, insisted the inquiry would involve no autopsy.

"There will be no post-mortem today, nor any day," Misrata military council spokesperson Fathi al-Bashaagha told AFP. "No one is going to open up his body."

His comments were confirmed by two other Misrata military chiefs.

Bashaagha said that the new regime's military commander for the capital, Abdelhakim Belhaj, was expected to travel to Misrata later on Saturday to view the corpse of the man who ruled Libya with an iron rod for 42 years.

But he said there were no immediate plans for National Transitional Council (NTC) chief Abdel Jalil to visit.

"Abdel Jajil did not come yesterday and is not coming today, and for the moment it is not expected that he will come."

The interim leader was in the main eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday visiting some of the wounded from the eight-month uprising that felled Gaddafi.

"Yes," he answered when asked if the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death were being investigated. He declined to take any further questions.

As the rigid, bloodied, yellow corpse of Gaddafi and his son Mutassim lay on dirty mattresses on the metal floor of the glacial makeshift mortuary, hundreds of Libyans were allowed inside to view them.

A man identifying himself as Sadiq said he was only 18 when the former despot took power in 1969.

"All my adult life I lived with this low life, this..." said the 60-year-old, who declined to give his last name, spattering curses against Gaddafi.

"But he is dead and I am happy," he said, laughing.

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-22 19:30

    America Credit or Blame for the Libyan War? Gaddafi’s death is a victory for the Libyan people,first and foremost.They have been freed from a bizarre dictator who abused his own people and the great natural wealth of their land.A dictator was killed who had launched terrorist attacks against both U.S. servicemen and U.S.civilians ie the 1986 Berlin Night club bombing and the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 explosion over Lockerbie.So by removing Gaddafi,America gets plaudits for properly using their powers to protect their own national security and advancing American foreign policy goals. That's the credits or upside.What about the downside of their involvement in Libya? Obama took too long to intervene in Libya.The U.S. intervened only after the U.N. Security Council approved the intervention,unlike France.Obama chose to wait until Gaddafi had driven the rebels into their last holdout in Benghazi.This resulted in more and more disintegration of Libyian institutions than what was necessary. Reasons for Obama's slow reaction in Libya were: 1.Were the rebels capable of prevailing without NATO's assistance? 2.If the answer is NO,then were they capable of winning with NATO's assistance and if so,what sort of assistance would be reasonably required? 3.Was a reasonable chance that those revolting against Gaddafi would create something better than what was there already which is a reasonable argument? 4.Avoid arming persons who might turn NATO's assistance against them?

      Arnold - 2011-10-22 20:09

      though Obama has flaws of titanic proportions he seems to be tactical and got more results on the international scene than His predecessors

      Gobsky.Raging.Bull - 2011-10-23 01:48

      No country took action in Libya until the Resolution was passed by the Security Council :). The French and English only lobbied for the no fly zone resolution to be implemented. They didn't actually send anything until the resolution was passed.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-22 19:44

    The future is bleak there in Libya......

      Arnold - 2011-10-22 20:06

      it will never be the same with Gaddaffi's regime.that means its gonna be better

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-22 20:14

      Even worse...

      johnvusip - 2011-10-22 20:35

      you might have a point. the fact that they decided to kill him and not let him stand trial is cause of concern

  • Barry - 2011-10-22 21:14

    The USA and NATO. Thieves of note !

      Frans - 2011-10-22 21:52

      and the africans are not...? lol

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