The remains of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, brutally murdered by rebels in October 2011 at the height of the Libyan revolution, will be given to his tribe for reburial. This was reported on Monday by the television channel AlHadath.
According to Libyan sources, an agreement was reached between prominent representatives of the city of Misrata and the al-Qaddafa and al-Mujabar tribal elders to hand over the remains of Muammar Gaddafi, his son Muatassim, as well as Abu Bakr Younis Jaber, an associate of the Libyan leader who headed the Ministry of Defense under him.
Despite the fact that almost 10 years have passed since Gaddafi’s murder, the location of his grave is still a secret, accessible only to a small circle of people who were directly involved in burying the colonel and swore on the Koran to secrecy. But a few days ago, a leader of the Salah Badi militia said he was ready to reveal the place where Gaddafi was buried, especially amid calls by supporters of the deposed regime to hand over the remains of Gaddafi, his son and his associate to their tribes as, they believe, a precondition for intra-Libyan reconciliation.
Ten years since the massacre
Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Oct. 20, 2011, during the final battle for his hometown of Sirte. The Colonel, along with a group of men loyal to him, was surrounded and captured by the rebels, who brutally tortured and mutilated him for hours before displaying his body in a shopping mall in Misrata. At dawn on October 25, he was buried with his son and Abu Bakr Younis in a secret place in the Libyan desert. Only eight people were reportedly present at the burial. A few years later the media began to report that they had been buried on the southern outskirts of Misrata. As recently as 10 years ago, prominent representatives of Sirte asked the Misrata people to give them the body of the Libyan leader, but the parties failed to agree then, because in exchange there was a demand to give the bodies of some of the killed opponents of the regime to Misrata.
Muammar Gaddafi had once willed that he be buried in his hometown of Sirte.
Liberation of Gaddafi’s supporters
The day before it became known that the youngest son of Colonel Saadi Gaddafi was released from jail after an acquittal. He left Libya on Sunday and flew to Turkey. There was also information about the release on Sunday from Misrata prison of the former head of Gaddafi’s internal security service, General Mansour Daou, who was captured in Sirte in 2011 together with the Libyan leader, and Major General Naji Harir, an associate and countryman of Muammar Gaddafi.