National Transitional Council officials in Libya have disclosed that the burial of Muammar Ghadaffi will be delayed by a few days. This is to allow an examination of the body by the International Criminal Court. A spokesman of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights has called for a probe into the mystery surrounding the death of the fallen Libyan leader after he was captured alive in Sirte on Thursday. While addressing a news briefing in Geneva on Friday, Rupert Colville said “there should be some kind of investigation given what we saw yesterday. The two videos , taken together are very disturbing.”
In a video footage, Ghaddafi was seen being dragged onto a pick up truck by his captors and he was alive then. The next video was the one that showed his lifeless body being dragged on the streets in Sirte.
An international commission of inquiry, launched by the U.N. Human Rights Council, has commenced investigation into killings, torture and other crimes in Libya. Colville disclosed at the briefing that he expects the mission to look into the circumstances around the dictator’s death.
Colville also disclosed that “it is a fundamental principle of international law that people accused of serious crimes should, if possible, be tried. Summary executions are strictly illegal. It is different if someone is killed in combat.”
Dr. Ibrahim Tika who performed the autopsy on Ghadaffi’s body revealed that “Gaddafi was arrested while he was alive but he was killed later. There was a bullet and that was the primary reason for his death, it penetrated his gut, there was another bullet that went in and out of his head.”
Officials of the NTC also said Ghadaffi will be buried according to Islamic rites but he will not be accorded a state funeral.