Report: Libyan militias executed dozens, possibly including Gadhafi
October 17th, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Report: Libyan militias executed dozens, possibly including Gadhafi

Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi may not have been killed in crossfire during his capture, but instead executed along with 66 others, including one of his sons, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch says new evidence it collected about what happened one year ago "implicates Misrata-based militias in the apparent execution of dozens of detainees" after Gadhafi's death.

In an extensive report, "Death of a Dictator: Bloody Vengeance in Sirte," the human rights group says Libyan authorities have failed to follow through on a vow to investigate the death of Gadhafi, his son Mutassim, and dozens of others in rebel custody.

"Among the most powerful new evidence is a mobile phone video clip filmed by opposition militia members that shows a large group of captured convoy members in detention, being cursed at and abused. Human Rights Watch used hospital morgue photos to establish that at least 17 of the detainees visible in the phone video were later executed at the Mahari Hotel," the group says.

A Human Rights Watch research team visited the site of the final battle between Gadhafi's convoy and opposition forces, and interviewed officers in opposition militias as well as surviving members of the convoy.

"Our findings call into question the assertion by Libyan authorities that Moammar Gaddafi was killed in crossfire, and not after his capture," said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for Human Rights Watch.

CNN's timeline of Gadhafi's final moments notes that as rebel forces were putting him into a vehicle, a firefight erupted and, caught in the crossfire, Gadhafi was shot in the head.  He died moments before arriving at a hospital, according to then-interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril.

Human Rights Watch says video footage showed Gadhafi was "captured alive but bleeding heavily from a head wound, believed to have been caused by shrapnel from a grenade thrown by his own guards that exploded in their midst, killing his defense minister, Abu Bakr Younis."  In the footage, Gadhafi is "severely beaten by opposition forces and stabbed with a bayonet in his buttocks, causing more injuries and bleeding. By the time he is filmed being loaded into an ambulance half-naked, he appears lifeless."

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  1. NFLD Thought

    And who really cares how he died who who killed him. The job is done so move on.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan

    Do you realize how many lives this 'man' ruined if they were lucky enough and killed? And now the world wants to spend time, money, effort, etc. and give him some justice? What a waste!

    October 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • SS

      Agreed 1000%. Tyrants and dictators are best forgotten.

      October 19, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shawn

    What's there now doesn't seem any better than gadhafi. Some countries just can't survive without a dictator.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sunrae

    Who cares?

    October 19, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      Not a single original idea in your head, huh?

      October 19, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      He was a mentally sick dictator to begin with.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pablo

    And look at Libya now! Another garden spot in North Africa! Come see our history and dodge our bullets! Don't show too much skin though, or we'll be forced to lop off your head. See you soon!

    October 19, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. skeptic56

    Does this realy matter?

    October 19, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Raj Patel

    its work of us CIA covert operation we have set all this up to Gadaffi get kill.. local people just carried out the work. we have not forgotten Lockerbe plane tragedy . Gadaffi had hand in to it.

    October 19, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. cocopuf

    Who? The Human Rights Group? Did KakaDuffy consider any human rights to others he had killed? Ridiculous (period)

    October 19, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hector

    Libya overall was certainly better off under the dictator. When he deposed the king the immediately went about building schools, hospitals, roads, and set up a social service system for the people as well as anuual oil revenue payments. Thei standard of living, literacy, and health went up exponentially in short order.
    True he was a dictator and supported assorted terrorist groups but what is lost is that he was for the Libyan people and brought them into the modern world out of the virtual dark ages.
    The Muslim Brotherhood and Al Quada terrorists as well as some of the criminal elements out of eastern Libya that the western powers supplied and acted as an air force for backed the wrong dog in the race. Libya is a real toilet now and terrorists have an endless cash cow from oil revenues. How is it that the country can be exporting a million barrels of oil a day and most of the people still do not have electricity, water, food, healthcare, schools, either at all or intermitently? They also do not have security as like under Daffy the terrorists in charge murder, imprison, and torture people with impunity.
    Kinda like Iraq all over again really but not so bad a Somalia, not yet anyways.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lweba

    Sometimes these 'Human Rights' activists are not realistic.There are some people who can be captured and sent for trial but there are some who's capture and detaining them might be very dangerous and risky. Ask the Americans why they just shot Osama dead when they could have captured him alive?

    October 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    I think some people are missing an important point:

    If the new rulers of Libya would summarily execute Gadhafi like that, this does not bode well for the future of the people of Libya living under the control of those same people.

    July 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
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