Monday, October 31, 2011

Dictator Gaddafi's Last Days Awaits Dictator Bainimarama in Fiji

Gaddafi bodyguard lifts lid on dictator's final days
Middle East correspondent
ABC News

One of Moammar Gaddafi's former bodyguards has described the Libyan dictator's desperate last days as fighters closed in on his final stronghold in the town of Sirte.
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Gaddafi, his son Mutassim, and his former defence minister were buried in secret at dawn on Tuesday after their bodies spent days on public display in a cold storeroom.

Now Mansour Dao, who was caught last week alongside Gaddafi, has described how the former leader was forced to flee from one hideout to another as fighters loyal to Libya's new leaders closed in last week.

Dao said Gaddafi and Mutassim, with a small band of loyal henchmen, would squat in abandoned homes with no TV, no phones and no electricity, using candles for light.

They were largely cut off from the outside world.

He said Gaddafi's mood would swing from rage to despair as enemy fighters slowly closed in and the last remnants of his 42-year regime crumbled around him.
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He said the former dictator spent his final days writing notes and boiling tea on a coal stove.

"He wasn't leading the battle," the bodyguard said.

"His sons did that. He didn't plan anything."

Gaddafi was shot dead after being captured by fighters loyal to Libya's new rulers on Thursday.

Now his body, along with those of Mutassim and former defence minister Abu Bakr Younis have been buried at a secret location in the Libyan desert.

A military convoy took their corpses out of Misrata in the dead of night and the National Transitional Council (NTC) says religious leaders performed a simple burial around dawn.

One Libyan official, Mahmoud Shammam, says a strict fatwa or edict was issued to keep the location a closely guarded secret.

"I can't say exactly what the content of the fatwa is, but it says that his body should not be buried in Muslim cemeteries and should not be buried in a known place to avoid any sedition," he said.

The NTC has now agreed to launch an inquiry into Gaddafi's death after pressure from foreign leaders and human rights groups.

International concern has grown after evidence that Gaddafi was still alive after his capture but later died from a bullet wound to the head.

The former dictator was dragged from a drainpipe, where he had been hiding after his convoy was hit by fire while trying to flee Sirte as the town fell.
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But Mahmoud Shammam says violence towards Gaddafi was to be expected.

"If a group of revolutionaries capture a killer who shed their blood for 42 years, do you think they would kiss his head?" he said.

"He killed young men and described them as rats, he launched Grad missiles against them, aircraft bombed them and tanks shelled them, he raped their women.

"What else do you think they would have done to Gaddafi?"

With Gaddafi now buried and much of his family in exile or dead, his son and one-time heir Saif al-Islam Gaddafi appears to be the last family member still on the run.

He managed to escape Sirte last week and is now trying to flee the country according to officials in Niger, who say he is heading their way.

Ethnic Tuaregs are apparently guiding him across a sea of sand dunes between Libya, Algeria and Niger, where other family and dozens of Gaddafi loyalists have already fled.
But any freedom might be short lived.

Saif al-Islam is wanted by the International Criminal Court and Niger's government says if he enters their country he will be handed over to court officials.

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