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. jorge washinsen

    One thing they have we do not have is a Southern border.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bregs

    Oh well. I guess that's what happens when you kill and execute the people you were trying to suppress...they kill and execute you back. Accept the fact that citizen soldiers are not going to react and have their sensibilites about them as trained soldiers. The heat of war, or civil war, rather, is going to make you do bad things after bad things have been done to you. If you saw these guys kill your village would you be inclined to treat them well? It's not moral, but it's understandable.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Socrates

    Gaddafi was a dictator who did some dirty business for the US after the 9/11 such as torturing people, suspected terrorists, sent by the US to Libya. Gaddafi was so dirty like the US authorities. It is just simple math.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Sorry I must have missed that report in my CIA briefing this week.

      Listen tinfoil head, after it was determined that Libya was responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, the US has not had relations with Libya since.

      Stop inventing stories.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Fred – obviously you post here now that FauxNews doesn't take comments. The Bush administration restored ties with Libya in '06 and did enlist their security services in the "War on Terror". Fred – stop lying.

      October 17, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ogre12

      so-called "socrates" just what do you base your hypothesis on hmmm? do you have any evidence other than the farts emminating from your pointy little head? if you live in the west please leave and go to iran or wherever.

      October 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AM

    Exactly who cares what happened to this jerk? And why feel any sympathy for him? Actually they need to just take this story down and let him mummify in the desert...

    October 17, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. i12bphil

    What? You mean I have to lose MORE sleep over how Gadhafi diedZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz...

    October 17, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jonc

    One, this is not surprising. Two, how is that any different than Obama using drones to kill instead of using resources to capture and bring ppl to justice? Obama's way is actually worse because dozens of civilians die for every terrorist killed by drones.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reg

    CNN is being pimped by Bharain. You deleted my comments cause its the truth. Anybody can google Ghadafi killed can see this video. No cross fire took place. He was handed over by british forces to teh rebels. I'm not here to defend Ghadafi but this article is a lie. Lost all respect for CNN

    October 17, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Pretty much the same thing happened to Mussolini. It goes with the territory.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. davonskevort

    If he had just taken the money and run he wouldnt be dead. Human rights.... so what...kill the king and win your freedom

    October 17, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. davonskevort

    Dont hang out with people that you know are being hunted by drones....this is a no brainer.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. dd

    Obama says we are not at war with Islam. Why not? It continues to look like the West should be pouring money into middle east countries to help them self destruct. Sooner or later the people of these countries will leave the 7th century feudal, barbarian, inhuman ways.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dazmonique

    The United States government has always required someone to demonize. From the colonials fighting King George III to today with the so called Islamic meenace. It seems to bind or unify the country. If the US government wasn't villiafying someone they wouldn't know what to do.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. dutspup

    no mention of all his female guards during this. I heard they had super powers?

    October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. andres

    Why would anyone be surprized that this happened. It will continue happening until one of the factions has managed to kill all of their opponents, then they will establish a brutal dictatorship again.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. wjmccartan

    Ooops I did it again. They saved themselves a lot of money in dealing with this monster the way they did. He still has offspring in this world and the apple didn't fall to far from the tree. So somebody should be making apple sauce.

    Lucid One

    October 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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