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. Crystal

    An investigation? A Trial? They don't have time for that! The country was pretty close to a full out civil war. He got what was coming to him and if Al-Assad knows what's good for him he better go and take asylum although I doubt any country would want such a onus.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Keith

    I love how the average American buys the Propaganda hook line and sinker and never does any investigation into the truth. Guys it is just like X-Files, the truth is out there. All the lies about Gadhafi and Libya can be disproved in just a few hours of investigation on the internet. Gadhafi was killed for Oil, nothing else and he was killed by our allies in Libya, Al Qaeda. Tell me how is it that Al Qaeda is our enemy in Afghanistan and our ally in Libya.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yup, everything you read on the internet is true unless its information disagreeing with your point of view. Its even more disturbing that you disregard the horrors Gadhafi imposed upon his own people and the idea that people not wanting to live under a dictatorship are all allied to Al Qeada.

      October 18, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I am not afraid of the truth. Gadhafi was not a good man but he was America's man. Al Qeada was our ally defeating Gadhafi in Lybia. America has no morals when it comes to government or business

      October 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrey

      I concur: it is a minor miracle how they manage to read CNN news while keeping their eyes firmly shut and brain on stand-by. Tell them black is white and they agree: they cannot tell the difference for themselves anyway!

      October 18, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Keep telling the truth, some of them will hear us.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      You can prove or disapprove anything on the internet.There is always a website that will agree with any theory.

      October 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I am not a conspiracy theorist. The things I say I have seen in main stream media, usually not American media. I am also not looking for agreement; I am just trying to spread the truth.

      America is not the good guy in the Middle East.

      October 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reince Priebus

    Too bad.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Did Gadhafi care when he had people murder what human rights watch groups said, no. I don't recall them even saying anything. What world do they live in that they expected Gadhafi notto be kill. It was a civil war people die in civil wars. Also the only countries that foloow the Geneva convention s the Western world.

    October 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Contras

      What you say is not true. It was NOT a civil war. It was a war between Libya vs NATO (along with their Islamist mercenaries). You do not read much of news, do you? You seem to miss 50000 bombing sorties by NATO...

      October 18, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • FHTEX

      The notion that Ghadafi was out murdering people is a myth. I have scoured sources and the internet for over a year and cannot find one instance where there was a massacre of anyone under Ghadafi's regime. The so-called massacre at Abu Salim was based on one person's testimony that 1250 prisoners died, and no bodies have er been found. Official accounts of the prison riot were that 200 died, many of whom were prison guards during the riot. The notion that Ghadafi was some horrible dictator was also a myth, in that he had no formal role in the government at the time of NATO's invasion. Nor was he wildly unpopular–at least two million out of a nation of less than seven million rallied behind him in Green Square in Tripoli on July 1 2011, before NATO invaded the city. I am sorry that so many of my fellow Americans will believe anything the government and government-controlled media tells them as they promote one war after another. .

      October 18, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. KATHLEEN BURGESS

    So much garbage to take out and so little time. Focus people.....or you will be living with the garbage.....

    October 18, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. KATHLEEN BURGESS

    AND DONT FORGET ONE MANS TRASH IS ANOTHER MANS TREASURE.........

    October 18, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    Maybe the HRW should go over to Libya and demand that thoses responsiable turn themselves in and see what happens. Good Luck and it was nice knowing ya.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Name*Tommy

    Good or bad Momoh Gadafi is no more here, if he had a lve well spent, so be it ,if he had to rust in hell fire who cares...my focus is how to make it myself without being a dependant on goverment..lucky to d winner in libiya....let them return d AK 47 to where it belong..mend of d story

    October 18, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chuck

    Where is the latest news about the battle going on in Libya? its headlines on BBC.

    October 18, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. helenecha

    Too perfect to be true anyway! What we knew is that Gadhafi was dead during the uprising in his country and was killed by his people.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. drag1

    the rebels from Misrata surrounded Bani Walid demanding that the suspects be handed over to authorities.
    Last week, tribal chiefs in Bani Walid said that they would refuse the entry of "lawless militias" into the town and said they did not recognise a military authority in Libya.

    the tribal chiefs couldn't be more right. "Lawless militias" seeking revenge do not represent law and order. And more importantly they cerianly do not represent "democracy" in Libya. A big lesson for the West to be learned here.

    October 18, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frank the tank

    Man I tell you what. I think ice cream sandwhich's are the most important of any kind of sandwhich. What do you guys think?

    October 18, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Yes, I agree, though in terms of frozen treats, I think the Snicker's Klondike bars trump them all.

      October 18, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. TS

    Funny, I don't remember any human rights report when 259 innocent people in a plane and another 11 innocent people in their homes where murdered when Pan Am flight 103 fell from the sky due to a Libyan state sponsored bomb on December 21st, 1989.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. sirql8

    Bullet in the head. Thats what you get for being a brutal dictator.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Medic C

    I, for one, am happy to let the whole thing pass, uninvestigated. It is not the outside world's business how the Libyan people dispose of their deposed dictators. It is not necessary to put on a show trail to "prove" the guild to a brutal dictator. This was an internal, Libyan matter. The Libyans handled it. And, it is not the right of the outside world to cry foul because they probably executed him on site. The Italians did the same to Musellini and no one cried foul. Is there anyone who would have shed a tear if the same had happened to Saddam Hussain or Idi Amin? How about Adolph Hitler? Some people have too much time on their hands and are too sactamonious for their own good. I say, congradulations, Libya. Now try to build something better and more fair for your own people within the limits of your cultural belief structure and don't let other peoples try to force their self-rightous, cultural biases down your throat.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
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