Libya: Apparent killer of Gadhafi emerges

world | Oct 24, 2011 | By Martin Barillas

In the tumult of the final assault on Libyan city of Sirte, former dictator Muammar Gadhafi was the most famous victim October 20 but the circumstances of his death remain cloudy. A widely circulated video showed Gadhafi after he had emerged from hiding and still alive despite obvious wounds. Following a gap in the video, his lifeless corpse was seen as jubilant Libyan irregular forces saw his death as a new beginning for the north African nation. The United Nations is demanding an investigation into Gadhafi's death, while some observers say that the non-judicial killing does little credit to the current transitional government in Libya.

Some video and photos taken at the scene of Gadhafi's death showed one of the fighters, a young man, waving a gold-plated pistol and proclaiming Gadhafi's death. A video has emerged since then in which a man identified as Senad el Sadik el Ureybi claims to have been Gadhafi's killer. On the video, El Ureybi said that he could not bear to see Gadhafi live any longer, prompting the young man to shoot the bedraggled Gadhafi once in the head and again in the torso. El Ureybi waved a bloody shirt in the video that he claims belonged to the once sartorially smart Gadhafi.  As of now, the video's claims have not been independently verified.  

The 69-year-old Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam escaped death but apparently remains hospitalized following the October 20 strafing and bombing courtesy of Britain's Royal Air Force. Gadhafi's other sons, Hannibal, Mohammed, and Saadi have fled Tunisia.  The disposition of Gadhafi's corpse remains uncertain: for a time it was refrigerated at a location in the town of Misrata, while other reports suggested that it was buried yet subsequently disinterred. Muslim religious law, however, prescribes burial in the ground or at sea within 24 hours of the death of a believer.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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