Gaddafi’s Burial Delayed For Investigation

A Libyan official says the burial of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi has been delayed until his death can be examined by the International Criminal Court.

Mohamed Sayeh, a senior member of the governing National Transitional Council, says a “third party will come from outside of Libya to go through the paperwork.”

Sayeh also says Gaddafi’s body is still in Misrata, where it was taken after his killing in Sirte.

He says Gaddafi will be buried with respect according to Islam tradition and will not have a public funeral.

Meanwhile, the United Nations human rights office called on Friday for a full investigation into the death of the Libyan leader.

“It is unclear how he died. There is a need for an investigation,” UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.

Referring to separate cell phone images showing a wounded Gaddafi first alive and then later dead amidst a jumble of anti-Gaddafi fighters after his capture in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, he added: “Taken together, they were very disturbing.”

An international commission of inquiry, launched by the UN Human Rights Council, is already investigating killings, torture and other crimes in Libya.

Colville said he expected that the team would look into the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death.

“It is a fundamental principle of international law that people accused of serious crimes should, if possible be tried. Summary executions are strictly illegal. It is different if someone is killed in combat,” he told Reuters Television.

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