Gaddafi Family Roundup: The Wife, the Last Smoke, The Children and the Fridge
A roundup of Gaddafi news in short summaries: including an insight into the debate and wrangling that purportedly went on amongst the NTC on 'To Kill Gaddaffi or Not to Kill' him.
Gaddafi's 'critically' injured playboy son Saif captured close to Tripoli
Killed Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's eldest and favourite son, Saif al-Islam, has been captured close to Tripoli after suffering critical injuries in a bombing raid, officials have claimed.
According to the rebels, Gaddafi's once heir-apparent son fled Sirte, where his father and brother Mutassim was killed yesterday, and was captured in Zlitan, 99 miles from Tripoli, while receiving treatment for his injuries, the Daily Mail reports.
Reports suggest that 39-year-old Saif had lost both of his arms after an explosion during clashes.
Following the uprising in Libya, the issue of Saif getting a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) through lobbying had led to the resignation of the esteemed institute's director Howard Davies.
Pic shows Gaddafi's son Mutassim having last smoke before being killed by rebels
Several cell phone images have shown that killed Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Mutassim was allowed a last smoke before being killed by the rebels in Sirte.
Mutassim was reportedly captured and killed the same day as his father in Libya.
One of the images that spread through the social media show him smoking, while others show him drinking from a water bottle and resting with his hands on his head, ABC News reports.
The pictures surfaced as the United Nations' High Commission for Human Rights called for an investigation into the death of Gaddafi, who also appeared alive and in rebel custody in a series of videos before being killed, allegedly in "crossfire."
"On the issue of Gadhafi's death yesterday, the circumstances are unclear-there seem to be four or five different versions of how he died. We believe there is a need for an investigation and more details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in the fighting or after his capture," the U.N. office said in a statement.
Gaddafi's 'trophy' body becomes tourist attraction at Misrata's refrigerated meat store
Hundreds of ordinary Libyans gathered outside a refrigerated meat store in Misrata to have a last look at Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body, which was dumped on a cheap mattress there.
A guard allowed small groups into the room to celebrate next to the body of Gaddafi in just a pair of khaki trousers.
They posed for photos, flashing victory signs, and burst into jubilant cries of "God is great," The Guardian reports.
Reports suggest the marks on Gaddafi's body indicate that he was brutally tortured before being killed by the rebels on Thursday.
He was found in the town of Sirte, hiding in a drainage pipe. There was a close-range bullet wound on the left side of his head, and blood stains showed another bullet wound to his thorax. His body, subsequently driven to Misrata and publicly paraded, was barefoot and stripped to the waist.
This display came amid a row inside the Transitional National Council (NTC) over what to do with Gaddafi's body.
Libya's interim Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, reportedly arrived in Misrata to talk with local NTC representatives, after which they allegedly made it clear not to bury him at their land.
One popular option is to bury him at sea, as Osama bin Laden was, but no decision has been taken as yet.
Libyan rebels argued whether or not to kill Gaddafi as he pleaded for life
New footage of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after being captured shows that the rebels argued over whether or not to kill him as he tried to persuade them to spare his life.
Moments after he was pulled out of a drain where he had been hiding, fighters shouted "You dog! You dog!" as others tried to stop them lynching him, saying: "Don't kill him, we need him alive," The Telegraph reports.
After Gaddafi and his entourage ran for cover in two storm drains under a road, the rebels tried to fire on them using anti-aircraft guns before moving in on foot.
"One of Gaddafi's men came out waving his rifle in the air and shouting 'surrender', but as soon as he saw my face he started shooting at me," one of the fighters said.
"Then I think Gaddafi must have told them to stop. He said: 'My master is here, my master is here. Muammar Gaddafi is here and he is wounded.' We went in and brought Gaddafi out. He was saying: 'What's wrong? What's wrong? What's going on?'" he added.
An unnamed rebel who claimed to have been the first to lay hands on Gaddafi said: "When we entered the hole we saw his bushy head and I jumped on him first. The guys I was with came in and surrounded him."
"When we captured him he had his golden pistol on him and this gun (a revolver) in another bag," he added.
It emerged on Friday that NATO had no clue that Gaddafi was in one of a convoy of vehicles that was attacked from the air as it tried to break out of Sirte on Thursday.
Gaddafi's widow demands probe into husband's killing at hands of rebels in Sirte
Killed Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's widow, Safia, has urged the United Nations to investigate how her husband was killed at the hands of the rebels in the former dictator's home city of Sirte.
She also insisted that she was very proud of the courage shown by her husband and children, the Daily Mail reports.
The United Nations and Amnesty International also called for investigations, as videos emerged of how he was captured alive and later killed by rebels.
According to a Syrian TV report, Gaddafi's daughter Aisha had called the killed dictator's mobile phone after seeing reports in Algeria that he had been captured. Aisha screamed and called the rebels 'rats' after they answered the phone call.
It emerged that Gaddafi's son Mutassim, who commanded the defence of Sirte, was also killed after capture.
Yesterday his body, scarred by numerous cigarette burns, was laid out beside his father's in a makeshift mortuary at an old meat store in the coastal city of Misrata.
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