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Gaddafi, son buried in desert

10-26-2011 08:10 BJT Special Report: Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi dies |

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Gaddafi, son Mutassim buried at unknown place in desert

TRIPOLI, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim were buried early Tuesday morning at a secret location in the desert, Al-Jazeera television reported, quoting an official of the ruling Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC).

A few members of the outsed Libyan leader's tribe were allowed to pray and perform a religious ceremony before the bodies of Gaddafi and Mutassim taken away from a market place in the western Libyan city of Misrata, the Doha-based television reported.

The burial took place at about 5 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) and only some local officials and military commanders of Misrata were involved in the event, the report said.

The burial ended a nearly five-day public display of Gaddafi's corpse at a meat storage container in a whosale market of Misrata. Mutassim's body was also put on show in the container. Misrata had suffered months-long siege by Gaddafi's forces in the country's eight-month-long conflict.

Reuters reported Monday NTC fighters guarding the corpses " placed plastic sheeting under them as fluids leak." The footage of Al Jazeera TV showed Monday that people were still being allowed into the temporary morgue to visit and take photos of the rotting corpses.

Negotiations were reported to have been ongoing between Libya's interim leadership and Gaddafi's tribe and family over where and how to dispose his body.

Gaddafi's tribe demanded the corpses be handed over to them for a quick burial in Sirte under Islamic traditions. The request was turned down by the NTC, which had been divided on the rite, time and location for Gaddafi's burial.

NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Monday that in response to international calls, the NTC has started to form a committee to look into the circumstances of Gaddafi's killing after he was captured in Sirte last week.

Jalil said that "those who helped Muammar Gaddafi" have played an effective role in killing him. The NTC chief did not elaborate on his claim.

Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with an iron grip, and his son Mutassim were captured alive Thursday when NTC forces wrested full control of his hometown of Sirte. But both of them died in murky circumstances shortly after being seized by NTC fighters. Rumors of linching have been flying around.

On Friday, the United Nations human rights body called for an investigation into how Gaddafi was killed Thursday, after satellite TV channels broadcast a footage of Gaddafi being captured wounded but alive with blood stains on the face and then pushed by fighters onto a truck, and another video later emerged showing Gaddafi's body on the lap of a fighter with a bullet hole in his forehead.

Also aired were images of Mutassim sitting on a mattress, drinking mineral water and smoking a cigarette, after being seized by NTC fighters.

The mysterious clouds hovering over Gaddafi's death have already dented the NTC's credibility. Mishan al-Jbouri, owner of a pro-Gaddafi television channel based in Syria, told Xinhua in an interview that after the whole world saw the ugly way Gaddafi was killed, no country would risk handing the rest of the family to the NTC.

 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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