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UN Human Rights Office Urges Qaddafi Probe; NATO Mission Set To End

Muammar Qaddafi Killed In Sirtei
October 20, 2011
After weeks of fighting, Muammar Qaddafi has been killed in his hometown of Sirte, the deposed leader’s last stronghold. Residents of Sirte began celebrating on the streets upon hearing news of Qaddafi's death and the seizure of the coastal city by forces loyal to the country's new leaders
WATCH: Crowds jostle with what appears to be the dead body of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Jubilant National Transitional Council fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte.

The UN human rights office says there needs to be a full investigation into the circumstances of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's death.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters in Geneva that videos showing a captured Qaddafi first alive, and then dead amid fighters of the transitional government near his hometown of Sirte on October 20 were "very disturbing."

The National Transitional Council (NTC) said Qaddafi was killed when a gunfight broke out between his supporters and government fighters. It said no order had been given to kill the man who ruled Libya for nearly 42 years.
Under mounting pressure over what critics said looked increasingly like a summary execution, NTC officials have announced postponement of Qaddafi's burial for a few days, and said that no decision has been made on where he is to be buried.

Libyans in the capital, Tripoli, and elsewhere in the North African country have been celebrating following the killing of Qaddafi.

Much of the international community has also welcomed Qaddafi's death, and has called on Libyans now to work for a democratic future that stands in contrast to the brutality of Qaddafi's dictatorship.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen meanwhile said the alliance has agreed to wind down the Libya operation until October 31.

He said the decision by ambassadors from the 28-member alliance meeting in Brussels was provisional, pending a formal decision next week.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Muammar Qaddafi's death in Sirte on October 20 meant NATO's military intervention was "coming to its end."

Speaking to reporters in Paris ahead of the meeting, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said NATO's military intervention was "clearly coming to its end."

In a UN-mandated operation to protect civilians, NATO has been conducting air strikes, enforcing a no-fly zone and maintaining an arms embargo with naval patrols since March 31.

France and Britain spearheaded the operation.

compiled from agency reports
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by: Jorjo from: Florida
October 21, 2011 13:42
Well, this is stupid. What are they going to investigate? That Qaddafi was killed AFTER he was captured alive? That's pretty much what happened based on the reports. It may not be exactly to the UN specifications how the guy have expired but there is also something called "public sentiment". And in this specific case it didn't seem to be working in Qaddafi's favor. So, leave the guy alone, close the chapter and watch after the NTC - how are they going to split among themselves the oil-industry. This will be, trust me, a fight much more repulsive in nature than the graphic images of Qaddafi's demise broadcasted around the globe.

by: ed from: dc
October 21, 2011 14:41
This is what we supported? I am disgusted

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