The body of the deposed Libyan leader, Muammar Ghadaffi was buried at dawn on Tuesday in a secret location in the desert in Misrata. Before the burial, members of Ghadaffi’s tribe were allowed to pray on the body after which it was taken away to an unknown destination for burial.
The body had been kept in a meat locker in a wholesale vegetable market in Misrata since Thursday. It became a centre of attraction as Libyans went there in large numbers to catch a glimpse of the body of the leader who ruled the country for 42 years.
Only members of the National Transitional Council and the local authorities in Misrata were allowed to follow the body to the discreet location where it was interred along with that of his son, Mutassim.
The fallen Libyan strongman was captured after NTC fighters swooped on his birthplace of Sirte where he had taken refuge after Tripoli fell to the NTC. Video footages showed that he was captured alive and there were clips that showed him talking while he was moved onto the back of a pick-up truck. A view of the body however revealed a bullet wound at the side of the head, an indication that he was apparently shot at close range. Like his father, the death of Mutassim too was surrounded by mystery. There were videos of him smoking a cigarette after his capture in Sirte, only for his body to surface with a bullet hole in the neck region.
There have been various calls for probe into the circumstances surrounding Ghadaffi’s death.