Oct 25, 2011 No Comments ›› Angelia
Muammar Gaddafi, who for 40 years ruled Libya with fear and violence, was unceremoniously buried at dawn today in an unmarked desert grave.
His inglorious end was witnessed by only two members of Libya’s National Transitional Council, who were sworn never to reveal his secret resting place.
As the despot was buried with his son, Mutassim, reports claimed that his favourite son, Saif, was making a desperate bid for the Niger border.
Final Muslim prayers were said over the bodies by Khaled Tantoush, Gaddafi’s personal cleric, who was arrested with him.
The rites were also attended by two of Gaddafi’s cousins, Mansour Dhao Ibrahim, once leader of the feared People’s Guard, and Ahmed Ibrahim.
All were captured with Gaddafi after their convoy was attacked by Nato war planes as they tried to flee Sirte, Gaddafi’s home town, just after it had fallen.
Abdel Majid Mlegta, an NTC spokesman, said: ‘The NTC officials were handed the body after the sheikh completed the early morning ceremony and are taking him somewhere very far away into the desert.’
‘Only two trusted people were assigned to this secret mission,’ he added. ‘These are not guards, but very trusted NTC people.’
The funeral closed the book on Gaddafi’s 42-year rule and the eight-month civil war to remove him, but did not silence international calls for an investigation into his brutal end.Videos circulated online in the days following the former Libyan leader’s killing at the hands of revolutionary soldiers show them taunting and beating him before his execution.
Graphic footage showed how Gaddafi was dragged, wounded and bleeding, from the storm drain in which he had been hiding as rebel fighters rained blows down on him, pulled him by his hair and kicked dust into his face.
Globalpost.com claims that one particularly shocking piece of footage shows that in a final moment of humiliation one of the soldiers sodomised the fallen despot with a stick or knife as he was being dragged to his death.
A frame-by-frame analysis of the film, which is too graphic for MailOnline to publish, seems to show a grey-clad fighter bending over behind Gaddafi and shoving an object, either a steel rod or the bayonet from a gun, into his anus.
Meanwhile, a high-ranking Tuareg official in Niger has said that Gaddafi’s favoured son and heir Saif al-Islam is making his way toward the the West African country.
Saif appears to be taking the same route his brother al-Saadi used in September to flee Libya.