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. Jeff

    We keep hearing atrocities committed by groups the US is supporting. Same thing is going on in Syria. The "rebels" raping and murdering women and children. Then when those we supported get into power they establish hard line Islamic governments as in Egypt. I wish we would just leave these people alone.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I agree completely that the United States is backing bad people that are committing atrocities – in Libya and now Syria. That makes United States an accomplice in these crimes.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      Finally a sane comment, you get my vote

      October 17, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Pharos

      I suspect you don't know any more about what's going on in Syria than anyone else.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Damn right, a high school drop out would figure out that we should not be helping terrorist to replace US allies!! I do not know why the Obama Admin does not get it, beyond me!!!

      October 17, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Not just Obama, but Romney and his 'conservative' friends want to up the ante by supplying arms instead of the hitherto 'passive' help we give them.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. reiner

    If the atrocity were done by anyone US supported, the crime would be in day light only after the US babies get in power. Western media will show their so-called objectiveness only after that.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sinfully Yours

    Good riddance to Gadhafi. I hope it was old school execution style: forced to kneel with a gun barrel pressed to the back of the head!

    October 17, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. dave

    what a lie????????whoever wrote this.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. wildone

    Assad will soon suffer the same fate as Gadhafi. They should have gotten out when the had the chance.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • karek40

      He can leave safely anytime he chooses.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. rightospeak

    I have been writing comments for over a year and I have to print my name and my e-mail ?

    NATO attacked the sovereign nation of Libya and killed Ghadafi-do not try to blame on the militias. We saw the cutthroats and the war crimes surrounding his death on TV-check your own reports ! Same thing is being tried in Syria ,but it is not going well ? Trying to start a war using Turkey ?

    October 17, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Don P

      I got some cheese for that whine of yours

      October 17, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Johnny 5

    So what? What do you expect in a revolution? Terminate with extreme prejudice everybody related and affiliated with the old government. That is how you start anew in a liberated country. This is so old.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Get Focused

    I wonder where this groups report on Lockerbie went? Or on the abuses this clown perptrated on his own people? The only way out for this pig was through rebel hands. I doubt your average Libyan rebel knows or cares about the ICC and the Hague......

    October 17, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. scott

    Gadhafi got just what he deserved. what goes around comes around

    October 17, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    What should be of concern here is the post-Ghaddafi Libya. Those driven by propaganda to demonize a foreign leader fail to understand the dynamics.
    Libya after Ghaddafi is another Somalia. Open to Al-Qaeda and violence. While those up on the Hill the likes of McCain ( always a part of the problem) were clamoring to support and arm the 'rebels' and the general public here going along as always with the drum beat, consequences were also as always, 'wisely' ignored. Ditto for Syria.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. lars

    Possibly? Lolz.....

    October 17, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tim

    President Obama knew the Libyan rebels were a bad bunch- as bad or worse than the regime they were fighting. But the media and government did their best to cover that up. The American government supported These thugs and killers. Then we act surprised when they attack and kill our embassy staff and hear of mass executions on armed prisoners. Btw, Syrian rebels are executing Christians and others.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nickname

    Good decorated LIE!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. lindaluttrell

    The monster is dead...I don't care how...

    October 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Les Too

    Replacing one despot with another is never the answer. What this article shows is that the cruelty and evil of extreme Islamic law is pervasive throughout the Mediterranean basin. A people that does not live under a system of law is by definition barbaric. Law implies the arrest and trial of of the wrong doer. What the "rebels" did to Gaddafi and government officials is murder. To condone it is nothing short of barbarous and the US should demand the murderers be brought to justice.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @Les Too
      Ghaddafi regime was not living by or enforcing some barabaric law as you state. If you study what Ghaddafi implemented for his people you would be surprised. Education, distribution of oil revenue and wealth etc.
      We wanted Ghaddafi out and that was the end game . That is nonsense. How that would change the dynamics, impact on our geo political and economic interests and influence, other powers. All has to be taken into account.
      Problem is that we do not make the effort to know about where we get ourselves to meddle. The people, culture and such.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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