country's new rulers declared the birth of a new Libya as hundreds of
people trooped past Gaddafi's decaying body in Misrata for a third day, a
final humiliation that deepened international disquiet about Libya's
future and angered family members.
There was a carnival
atmosphere in Misrata on Sunday with twin attractions of celebrations
marking the declaration of "liberation" in the main square coupled with
the ghoulish spectacle of people queuing to view the bodies of Gaddafi,
his son and army chief in a market cold store.
Scores of parents brought their children to see the bodies despite an increasingly strong stench of visibly putrefying flesh filling the air.
saw him when he was arrogant. Now we want to see him when he is
humiliated. We brought our children to see him today because this is a
chance to see history," a man who identified himself as Mohammed told
"We want to see this arrogant person as a lifeless body. Let all the people see him."
top of the desire to let all see the proof of Gaddafi's demise, much of
the reason behind his extended inglorious lying in state is
disagreement among Libya's regional rivals over what to do with the
Misrata, emerging from years of neglect under Gaddafi, is
keen to show off the ultimate trophy of its resurgence as a potent
force after months of bloody siege, but does not want the body under its
Gaddafi's kinsmen have asked to bury the body in his
hometown of Sirte as requested in the former leader's will, but the
interim government has said it wants it disposed of in a secret location
to prevent it becoming a shrine for his followers.
Gaddafi's son Saadi, who fled to Niger after the fall of Tripoli
in August, said in a statement he was "shocked and outraged by the
vicious brutality" shown towards his father and brother Mo'tassim.
few Libyans were troubled by the public display of the Gaddafi corpses
or the fact they had not been buried in a timely fashion as demanded by
"He's not human and not a Muslim because what he did
to us no Muslim can do," said Mohammed Ahmed next to where Gaddafi lay
on the floor on a filthy mattress in a place previously used to store
"Even the animals don't want anything to do with him."
Still fewer Libyans worried about how Gaddafi and his son came o be there after both being captured alive trying to break out of the siege of Sirte on Thursday.
many in the West worry the treatment meted out to Gaddafi and his
henchmen casts doubt on the promises by Libya's new rulers to respect
human rights and prevent reprisals.
A succession of mobile phone
videos show a wounded, but still conscious, Muammar Gaddafi being beaten
and manhandled on the outskirts of Sirte and his captured son even
sitting up drinking water and smoking a cigarette before both were later
An autopsy conducted in the early hours of
Sunday revealed Muammar Gaddafi had one bullet wound in the left side of
his head and one in his abdomen, official sources told Reuters.
It is clear that he died of the bullet wounds, but when they were administered and by whom is far less clear.
master is inside and he is wounded," one of Gaddafi's body guards cried
out to the government troops who came across the leader and his army
chief sheltering in a storm drain after NATO air strikes devastated
their escape convoy.
Gaddafi then crawled out on all fours, said Omar Ahmed Al Shibani, the commander of the unit which captured him.
he was caught, Gaddafi was armed with a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum
pistol loaded with dum-dum bullets -- banned under international
conventions, a gold-plated Browning pistol in his waste band and two
assault rifles lay nearby, Shibani told a news conference in Misrata on
The first film of Gaddafi very shortly after he emerged
from the drain clearly shows he already had the wound close to his left
ear and that he was bleeding profusely. Shibani said Gaddafi also had
the wound to his abdomen, but that is unclear.
prime minister said the bullet that hit Gaddafi in the head may have
been fired by one of his own guards during the shootout that was to
prove his last stand. Several of his bodyguards were killed in the final
What followed was chaotic, violent and gruesome.
fighters hauled Gaddafi onto the bonnet of a Toyota pick-up truck to
get him, one of them said, through the crowd of vengeful fellow fighters
and to a waiting ambulance.
Gaddafi can be heard in one film saying "God forbids this" several times as slaps from the crowd rain down on his head.
"This is for Misrata, you dog," said one man slapping him.
"Do you know right from wrong?" Gaddafi says.
"Shut up you dog," someone replies as more blows rain down.
Gaddafi was still alive when he reached the ambulance, Shibani and interim government officials insist.
other video footage obtained by Reuters a convoy of vehicles is seen
speeding along a desert road, horns blaring and men shouting "We have
Muammar! It's Muammar!."
Later the convoy slows to a halt.
Fighters rush to an ambulance shouting that Gaddafi is dead. In the back
of the vehicle a body lies with a bandage over a wound on its abdomen.
head is covered with a white sheet, but a man beside it raises it
briefly affording a glimpse of the former ruler's face. A young man
appears beside the ambulance and a bearded man beside him shouts out:
the killer. And I am the witness who saw him ... This is the man who
killed Gaddafi. Using this," the man with the beard shouts, holding up
the young man's hand in which he has a gun. "He did it in front of me. I
saw it in front of me."
footage does not make clear whether Gaddafi died of wounds sustained
before he was put into the ambulance or whether he was shot again while
in the vehicle.
Brigade commander Shibani insisted his men did their best to stop Gaddafi dying.
worked very hard to keep him alive, but God's will is greater than
ours." (Additional reporting by Taha Zargoun; Writing by Jon Hemming;
Editing by Matthew Jones)