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. Tim

    The United States backed these sadistic rebels. The media and government didn't want us to know that yhe rebels aren't the good guys. Same thing in Syria.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ernest3

      The governments knew damned well what they were doing. They orchestrated the whole mess and loved it. They will probably rot in hell for what they have perpetrated. The future of ME is part of bringing down the world economy. Sad.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dazmonique

      That's what I think too. The government always seem to be helping terrorist and abusers in these situations. I think it is so they can sell more guns. The U.S. gov is the largest arms dealer on the planet.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • r

      Blah blah blah. US bad, rest of world oh so good.

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

      To be fair, Gadhafi's son's wife poured boiling water on his housekeepers face. Chances are Gadhafi has killed thousands. So the argument you are making is Gadhafi is the good guy. There are no good guys here.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Tim is correct. Obama folded under pressure from the Republicans to do something in Libya, when he should have stayed out of it.

      A good lesson for not getting involved in Syria.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. James PDX

    I didn't. Where would I find this video?

    October 17, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Reg

      Try youtube. Video clearly shows him alive but badly injured. Then a bullet to the temple.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Total waste of a perfectly good bullet. They should have flown him up to 31,000ft given him an oxygen tank & mask and pushed him out, then he would have had about two minutes to contemplate the torture he impose on flight 103, not to mention the countless others he murdered, or their families.

      October 18, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Methane

      Indeed! Actually, they should have sent him up to 24 miles with Felix and had him jump out without a suit.

      October 18, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      If you're spending more time on that thought than what it took to type that response, you have far too much time on your hands.

      October 18, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ernest3

    Come on! Gaddhafi was murdered and look at the country today.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Ernest3

      England, France and US jerked us all around for their own ends. We should had left them alone. Now Libya is in sad shape worst than before. And now US elections coming and more wars to help jump start their own economies. Economics 101, War, Boom, Bust Theory. So sad.

      October 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • r

      Black helicopters. This was a long time coming US haters, nothing could stop it ad the US did not cause it, internal forces in the ME and North Africa did.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. PJ

    Can I have his tent in Englewood, N.J.? Wanna party inna Dead Man's tent...

    October 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mateo

    How is this news?! I've seen video of him ALIVE and in the hands of the rebels prior to his execution.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lee

    Who cares he deserved far worse!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frank the tank

    Hamburger

    October 17, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Frank the tank

    Orbits the earth and walks with wolves is my Indian ancestor. He liked hamburgers.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. rickygf

    I saw the video, he was very much alive when the video was shot, he was executed whii,e shouting something like you are all sinning

    October 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. scriss

    Well, what do you expect? Libyans have been living under Gadafi for several decades. Once they got ahold of him, they did him in. These rebels were not professional military, state militia or citizen soldiers – they were/are thugs. Holding these animals (Gadafi and/or the rebels) to western standards is pointlessly stupid.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. jorge washinsen

    And this is news?We knew all along there is no difference in one bunch than another.We saw the same in Iraq.The only thing we ever get out of foreign wars is refugees and dead Americans,and a thriving war time economy.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    LOL CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT!!! CONSPIRACY ALERT!!! OMG HE LOVES CONSPIRACIES!!!!! HE PROBABLY BELIEVES 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH ROFLMAO!!!!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      LMAO @ you Adam, when you find out it was. Please do some research before you blow it off.

      October 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jorge washinsen

    That bunch has not respect for death except their own.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dazmonique

    We did similar or worse in Iraq. The government invaded a sovereign country for no reason and destroyed its infrastructure. We overthrew its government and turned its leader over to rebels that had a sham trial then hanged him.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • i12bphil

      Saddam got what he deserved, no matter how you want to spin it for your political ends.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. jorge washinsen

    One day you run a country next day you are a corpse and another low life is at the helm.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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