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. mmmiller85


    October 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MarcusP

    I thought we all knew that already

    October 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    And this just in... ANIMAL rights activists agree. This Animal was treated poorly by his captors.
    And in other news – the truth is coming to light. For centuries, citizens of nations were beheading their leaders when they were tired of them, or assassinating them in other ways.
    What do you expect from nations that are nearly 100 years behind us "civilized" Americans?

    October 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JustJim

    Do we really care? He is dead. This is good. Move on.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. capnmike

    May Hugo Chavez go the same way!

    October 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      If Hugo goes who will be friends with our dear leader?

      October 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akira

      Do you live in NK, Don?

      October 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      We need Hugo to keep America honest

      October 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. flatlandr

    Awww, he was mistreated. I'm sure the families of the Pan Am Lockerbie attack feel real bad about that.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe User

    This is old news and he deserved every bit of what he got.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rickstas

    Of course they did, and the insurgency in Syria contains the same element.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rickst

    Of course they did, and the insurgency in Syria contains the same element.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe User

    This is what real justice looks like. Those who oppose the death penalty because it costs to much to execute someone should see this. Total cost = 1 bullet. No trial, no judge, no jury, no automatic appeal. Just one victimized country, one executioner and one bullet. Good Riddance!

    October 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Whocares

    Why should anybody care? Where were all these do-gooders when he was running rampant and supporting terrorism. He is a cancer that has been cured. Move on to the next patient.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JC

    "The Pot Calling The Kettle Black" what about The French Revolution, The Russian Revolution, English Tyranny, Americas Genocide of indigenous people and I could go on & on.

    October 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shawn

    What a waste of time. Gaddafi was a horrible dictator who murdered his own people. Who gives a rip if he was executed or not. He got what he deserved.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jake

    So, Obama is complicit in an extrajudicial summary execution while he created an Al Qaeda state in North Africa and seeded it with recidivist Guantanamo releasees. He is the best president ever! Allah Akbar!

    October 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rico7207

    This is much happier to hear that he did not die a fast death, but a slow death where he must have peed his pants a few times. Wish I could have watched.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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