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Death of Libya's Gaddafi raises problems and questions

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Death of Libya's Gaddafi raises problems and questions


For now, the body of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is being kept in a cold storage locker in a Misrata market, while the interim government decide what to do about his burial.

A UN panel may look into the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death, following conflicting reports of how he was killed. Another possibility is an investigation by the International Criminal Court.

Onlookers packed into the locker to look and take pictures of the bodies of Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim, also killed as the city of Sirte was captured.

Authorities say burying Gaddafi will now be delayed and could take longer than the 24 hours required by Islamic custom.

The government has an official version of Gaddafi’s death, but not who killed him according to this statement from Libya’s Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril: “He was injured after suffering a bullet to the head. The coroner was not able to determine whether the bullet came from the rebels or Gaddafi’s forces. He was alive until a few minutes before he had reached the hospital,” he said.

The initial plan was to bury Gaddafi at an undisclosed location on Friday, however a new agreement needs to be reached between the government and commanders in Misrata where the body is being held.

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