Libya: Muammar Gaddafi to be Buried Today in ‘Secret Desert Location’

The body of a former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be buried on Tuesday, with a simple ceremony in the secret place of the Libyan desert, an official with the National Transitional Council said on Monday.

The body of Col Muammar Gaddafi will be buried today in a "simple" ceremony in the desert as his fugitive son Saif al-Islam prepares to flee the country, the country's interim leaders announced on Monday night. Photo: Oskr Akosta/Flickr

“He will be buried in a simple burial with sheikhs attending the burial. It will be an unknown location in the open desert,” a National Transitional Council (NTC) official said, adding that the decomposition of the body had reached the point where the “corpse cannot last longer”.

“No agreement was reached for his tribe to take him,” he added. When asked if Mutassim would be buried in the same ceremony, the official said: “Yes.”

Yesterday, following the international pressure the government announced a commission to determine how Gaddafi died after he was cornered in a drain while trying to flee Sirte, his besieged home town.

The circumstances surrounding Gaddafi’s death are still being disputed among Libya’s rebel forces and the transitional government.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the chairman of the NTC, and other officials have said Gaddafi was killed in crossfire.

Mr Jalil said: “In response to international calls, we have started to put in place a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances of Muammar Gaddafi’s death in the clash with his circle as he was being captured.”

However, numerous reports have indicated that he was likely executed by a rebel mob that had formed around him when they had realized whom they had captured.

An informal execution without chance for trial would not shed a favorable light on Libya’s government, which is attempting to assert itself as a prominent force in western politics.

According to a Senior NATO official, ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi was wounded in an air strike that took place Thursday morning. In the airstrike, a French Mirage Jet and a U.S. predator drone fired weapons, including a Hellfire missile, into Gaddafi’s convoy. Gaddafi’s green getaway vehicle was damaged in the attack.

It has been claimed that Gaddafi escaped the air attack with injuries, fleeing by foot and taking refuge with his body guards in a nearby concrete sewer tunnel located in a drainage ditch, where he was found by the Misrata Military Council.

At the same NTC said that deposed the Libyan leader escaped son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, is near the borders with Niger and Algeria, and leave the country with a false passport.

“It is the triangle in Niger and Algeria. It is located south of Ghat, Ghat area. He obtained a false passport in the region Murzuq of Libya,” the official said.

Saif al-Islam, who is fluent in English who studied at the London School of Economics, is the only child of Muammar Gaddafi who is still missing.

Two fled to Algeria, found in Niger, two died in the previous conflict and Mo’tassim Libya, was killed after being captured with his father last week near the city of Sirte.

Although the National Transitional Council announced they would respect Muslim burial rights, which would see them bury Gaddafi’s body within 24 hours of his death, Gaddafi’s burial has been stalled due to a pending investigation implemented by the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights.

“More details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture,” said UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville said in a statement.

France and the EU warned the NTC to respect human rights after Mr Jalil’s speech on Sunday in which he singled out a ban on polygamy as legislation which would have to be swept aside.

Alain Juppe, the French foreign minister, said: “We will be watchful that the values that we defended alongside the Libyan people are respected.”

However, Mr Jalil said on Monday: “I would like to assure the international community that we as Libyans are Muslims, but moderate Muslims.” [via The Telegraph, Latest CNN News and The Christian Post]

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