As the news of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi’s death was announced on Thursday, the United States, along with other Western powers, congratulated the Libyan people on reaching the end of Qaddafi’s autocracy. With this, the United States and the United Nations stated that the post-Qaddafi leaders must disclose a detailed account of how Qaddafi had died.
Various media sources and videos from cellphones show Colonel Qaddafi being manhandled and beaten by fighters while some show his corpse with bullet wounds to the head. Therefore, the United Nations and other human rights groups are calling for the interim government to pursue a complete investigation of the Colonel’s body as well as Muatassim’s body, one of Qaddafi’s sons. With this, speculation is also stirring as to whereabouts of Qaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, who was reportedly captured or wounded on Thursday as well. Rumors are spreading that Seif may have fled to Niger.
Amidst all of the media hype surrounding Qaddafi’s death, more and more videos are surfacing, and residents of Misurata, the city where the bodies were sent for investigation, were allowed to view Colonel Qaddafi’s body strewn on a mattress in a meat locker. The people of Misurata, following news of Qaddafi’s death, showed little concern to how he was killed, especially after they knew firsthand how vicious Qaddafi’s tactics could be.
Should people have been allowed to view Qaddafi’s body, although the interim government knew it would be conducting an investigation of his death? Would it have been different if the bodies were sent elsewhere, keeping in mind that Misurata was happy to know that Qaddafi was gone?
Original article from The New York Times