Gaddafi buried ‘in secret location’ (photos, video)
Top news here in San Francisco is about the burial of ex-Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, who has now been buried, along with his son Mutassim.
The BBC has been told that the bodies were buried in secret, in the desert.
San Francisco resident, Kate Longwood, says, “It’s probably the best thing that the location was kept secret.”
An official for the National Transitional Council (NTC) told press that the two bodies were interred at dawn and the location has not been released.
The news comes after much uncertainty as to what should be done with ex-leader Gadhafi and his son.
Fears had arisen that if the funeral site were known, it could become a shrine to be worshipped by those who followed him, or a place to be attacked by those who hated Gaddafi.
But Islamic tradition requires that a body be buried within one day of death and time was moving on.
It has now been four days since Gaddafi was caught alive and then shot in the crossfire between rebels and Gadhafi’s forces. An autopsy has shown Gaddafi died from a bullet wound to the head.
According to the BBC, Gaddafi’s family had requested that the bodies be buried in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte. Yet leaders of the NTC preferred a secret burial. (See that article here: Gadhafi confirmed dead, but where will he be buried? (photos, video))
Few details of the actual funeral have been given, except that it happened early on Tuesday with a few family members and officials present. Islamic prayers were read at the service.
Libya’s Minister for Information, Mahmoud Shammam explained that the NTC was following a fatwa, or religious ruling in carrying out the burial.
“It says that his body should not be buried in Muslim cemeteries and should not be buried in a known place to avoid any sedition,” stated Mr Shammam.
An NTC official had spoken earlier to Reuters news agency about the simple ceremony that would take place:
“It will be an unknown location in the open desert,” he stated, saying that a funeral was needed quickly since decomposition of the body had now reached the point where the “corpse cannot last any longer”.
Gaddafi, Mutassim and former Defence Minister Abu Bakr Younis Jabr died on Thursday after Sirte was taken, the last major pro-Gaddafi bastion.
Witnesses said the bodies had been removed late on Monday from the meat storage warehouse in Misrata where they had been on display.
The BBC was told prayers were said over the bodies before they were driven away.
“Our job is finished,” a security guard said at the meat warehouse in Misrata where the bodies had been on display. He spoke with Arabic television station al-Jazeera.
“[Gaddafi] was transferred and the military council of Misrata took him away to an unknown location,” he said.
President Obama has called the reign of Gadhafi a “painful chapter” in Libya’s history (See that article here: Obama: Moammar Gadhafi death marks end of ‘painful’ chapter (photos, video))
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See photos and video on the left-hands side.
See these other Gadhafi articles by this Examiner:
Libya: is Gaddafi really stepping down?
Libya attacks: ‘the world has let us down’
SF: Libya, forces using tear gas to break up crowds
Gaddafi threatens war if US or NATO intervene (photos)
Gadhafi gives supporters access to artillery: ‘Corpses everywhere’ (Video)
SF can see CBS Evening News here: NZ quake, oil prices, protests in Libya
Libya no-fly zone: Gaddafi says will lead to ‘grave repercussions’
See slide show of protesters in Libya here
See more pictures and a video on the left-hand side.
A cell phone picture of the dead Gadhafi can be seen here (warning: it is graphic)