The bodies of ex-Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mo’tassim, and a top aide were reportedly buried in secret this morning in the desert. Meanwhile, calls are growing for the Libyan government to mount an investigation into Gaddafi’s death. A new video posted on the website Global Post appears to show one of Gaddafi’s captors attempting to sodomize him with a knife shortly before he was killed.
Fred Abrahams, special adviser for Human Rights Watch: “I mean, I think an investigation into Gaddafi’s death is critical for two reasons. OK, the first is that if you don’t do it, it sends a message that Libyans can take justice into their own hands. And it’s not just about Gaddafi, but about all the people who collaborated and have blood on their hands from 42 years, and you don’t want to send the message that even the local neighborhood spy can be treated in this way. And the second reason is about reining in the militias. You’ve got hundreds of armed groups and local militias around Libya now, and if you don’t begin to investigate this case, it sends a message that they can operate with impunity. And that is extremely dangerous. The armed conflict in Libya is now done, and the time for using the gun is over. It’s time to start creating civilian control and authority and building it with the law.”
Human Rights Watch is also calling on Libya’s new government to secure the nation’s weapons facilities. The group said it recently discovered two unguarded sites near Sirte that contained surface-to-air missiles, tank and mortar rounds, large numbers of munitions, and thousands of guided and unguided aerial weapons.