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

    I really do not see any difference in Kadaffffy than his replacements or would be replacements.People are still dying.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. where is the sanity

    Does it really matter ? He is dead and libyans killed him. End of story

    October 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tahir

      Deaths on 9/11 also does not matter to many.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • nuntukamen

      Who really cares? This guy was a murdering lunatic who got what murdering lunatics select for themselves by virtue of who they choose to be.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jorge washinsen

    It is absolutely necessary for this country to stay on a constant war footing to keep the status quo on our economy.Has been on a war footing several months before Pearl Harbor.it was no accident we had many of our best bombers and fighters on the drawing board before we were attacked.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pkevinwells

      Probably didn't have anything to do with what the Nazis were doing in Europe, huh?

      October 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jorge washinsen

    How many people did we murder when we shot the Iranian airliner down? How many of our service people were hurt when Israel shot our ship up while in international waters?

    October 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tahir

      Iranian's life have no value.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freedom Fascist

    Good job NATO, once again ensuring justice and freedom by supporting brutal rebels who, by all accounts out of Libya, are worse than Gadhafi's regime was. Enjoy that oil hey. Syria may be next, except the Imperial dream is over. The west is broke, Europe is collapsing and all the while China and Russia get powerful. We have already lost WWIII – and we deserve it. When are we going to hold our own Hitlers (Bush/Obama) and Goering (Cheney) accountable for the murder, r@pe and war they have used our tax money to take into the third world? If you believe in freedom – you need to be anti-american. Period.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Bad new for NATO, Syria has no enough oil to pay them back 😦

      October 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Bush/Obama are Hitlers??? How did you come up with that? If you really believed it you wouldn't live in the US.

      October 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sonya

    I can't say that I feel bad for this man. He was an animal and was responsible for the murders of many people throughout his reign. The Lord works in mysterious ways and in my opinion he got what he deserved just like Suddam and his animal sons and Osama. I have absolutely no pity for them. These humna rights activists should focus more on the torture and abuse of innocent people like those in Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan, etc. They should project their energy and work toward the innocent and maybe they might make a change. I am definitely not for torturing anyone but what comes around goes around and he got what was coming to him.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KennyEee

    What is this story about? This is old news!! He was killed by his own people, said and done, he had it coming.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dbw

    good riddance to them all.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IndyMike

    It doesn't matter how he died. It was too good for him. With the exception of being roasted over an open flame, any other method was too humane for this monster.

    October 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tahir

      Where should Sir Bush be roasted for killing millions.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andy

    Am I the only one that remembers a video of Gaddafi being shot int the head during his capture?! How is this new info?

    October 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Also, didn't the guy who shot him went live on TV saying that he shot him one in the shouder and one in the head?

      October 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jorge washinsen

    What happened to Kadaffffffy is the reason the leader of Syria will not give up.Why should he?would you after seeing Kadaffffys fate?

    October 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. seankav

    Surprised, no. It is what it is, tribal justice.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Allah Mohammad

    Who cares? He's dead and in Hell! Praise Be Unto Me!

    October 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. daveinla

    This just in, Human Rights watch upset over Mussolini's death at hands of own people.

    October 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gabe

    I don't half the world realizes yet how much influence Ghadafi had in the African nations. And I don't think many realize how hard this man tried to redeem himself of his past sins. He laid aside all chemical weapons for his people. For them to have the lives they wanted with western goods. He jailed the worst of the worst. Lockerbie was his greatest sin, and he was repentent of that. He went out and compensated the families of those killed. Not going to bring them back, but he reached out to try to redeem himself. He asked twice for a cease fire in Libya so there could be a meeting of all sides in a neutral place. Under his "rule" women were treated with dignity and worked in a various roles in Libyan society. And to keep them working after having their first baby they were paid a bonus. Daycare was free for working moms. Libya had no debt and had the highest GDP of any African nation. He stood up for his people and demanded higher payments from western companies for the oil they took from Libya.
    And you what else. The man suspected of leading the brutal attack on our embassy and the murder of our ambassador was by a man that Ghadafi knew was evil and had jailed.
    Yes, he is dead and for many justice was done. HOw many patriots of Libya will return to the country they once knew and loved? Will they ever return. Now, I don't even know if Libya has basic services, let alone all the things they had before the toppling of Ghadafi. Trust me on this one, with him gone, Africa is going to be overrun with radical terrorists. Guranteed.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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