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article imageDid a stray bullet kill Gaddafi?

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 23, 2011 in World
The autopsy conducted on Saturday night on Col. Gaddafi shows the former Libyan leader died from a shot in the head. The NTC is keen to have its official version of Gaddafi's death believed, even if the video footage gives their claims little credence.
Confusion appears to reign in accounts of the death of Col. Gaddafi. Libya’s National Transitional Council has put a spin on the killing that breaches credibility in the face of video footage. Eye witness claims are contradicted by official statements, leaving the NTC in the uncomfortable position of having to call for an investigation to satisfy international demands.
If the official position regarding Gaddafi’s death proves to be a fabrication it will bring embarrassment to the NTC, which has lent heavily on propaganda during the civil war. According to the Times of Malta if the investigation determines Gaddafi was murdered in cold blood “it would constitute a war crime in violation of the Geneva Convention.”
NTC officials maintain that Gaddafi was killed by a stray bullet whilst being transported by ambulance to hospital. The BBC reported that Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced on Thursday at 16.30 that Gaddafi was dead, saying "We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Gaddafi has been killed,” just minutes away from reaching the hospital. However this statement was made four hours after the first reports that Gaddafi had been shot by rebel fighters. One lone NTC official admits "They beat him very harshly and then they killed him," the Telegraph reported. "This is a war."Video footage captured on cell phones clearly shows Gaddafi at the mercy of a mob, beaten and bleeding. Footage shows Gaddafi being dragged from the ground and thrown against a jeep where a revolver is pointed against his head. Cries are heard calling for Gaddafi to be taken alive as the mob beat a clearly disoriented Gaddafi.
A witness declared that a young rebel fighter had killed Gaddafi, saying "This is the guy who killed Gaddafi. Using this, you see” pointing to the gun the young man held, Fox 40 reported. The eyewitness claimed that the teenage fighter Mohammed al-Bibi, “He did it in front of me. I saw it in front of me.” Ali Jaghdoun, the driver of the ambulance in which Gaddafi was placed, maintains Gaddafi was dead when he was put into the ambulance. He said "I didn't try to revive him because he was already dead.”Yet the NTC continue to claim that Gaddafi was “shot in the head when he was caught ‘in crossfire’ between his supporters and new regime fighters soon after his capture, Alarabiya reports. Libya's chief pathologist, Dr. Othman al-Zintani, reported on Sunday that Gaddafi was killed by a shot to the head, following Gaddafi’s autopsy. The NTC has made repeated, often disregarded calls, for fighters not to enact vengeance against their former foes. It is in their interests to have their account of Gaddafi’s death hold firm even if the footage indicates that Gaddafi met his fate at the hands of an animalistic mob bent on revenge.
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