Gadhafi's burial delayed for further investigation By KIM GAMEL - Associated Press | AP – 13 mins ago 14 3 Email Print Related Content Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thursday, Oct. 20, … A man holds a photo said to be the body of Moammar Gadhafi after announcement of the former leader's death in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Libya's information minister said Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany) A man holds a photo said to be the body of Moammar Gadhafi after announcement of … World slideshows Students briefly occupy Chile's Senate building 4 photos - 7 hrs ago Car explodes in northern Mexico as soldiers pass 3 photos - 19 hrs ago Snapshots 185 photos - 10 hrs ago See latest photos » TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The burial of slain leader Moammar Gadhafi has been delayed until his death can be further examined and a decision is made about where to inter the body, Libyan officials said Friday, as the U.N. human rights office called for an investigation into his death. The transitional leadership had said it would bury the dictator Friday in accordance with Islamic tradition. Bloody images of Gadhafi's last moments, however, have raised questions over how exactly he died after he was captured wounded, but alive. Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam said Gadhafi's body was still in Misrata, where it was taken after he was found in his hometown of Sirte, and revolutionary forces were discussing where it should be interred. Thursday's death of Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power and into hiding, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom. It also thrusts Libya into a new age in which its transitional leaders must overcome deep divisions and rebuild nearly all its institutions from scratch to achieve dreams of democracy. Many Libyans awoke after a night of jubilant celebration and celebratory gunfire with hope for the future but also concern that their new rulers might repeat the mistakes of the past. Khaled Almslaty, a 42-year-old clothing vendor in Tripoli, said he wished Gadhafi had been captured alive. "But I believe he got what he deserved because if we prosecuted him for the smallest of his crimes, he would be punished by death," he said. "Now we hope the NTC will accelerate the formation of a new government and ... won't waste time on irrelevant conflicts and competing for authority and positions." Bloody images of Gadhafi's last moments also cast a shadow over the celebrations, raising questions over how exactly he died. Video on Arab television stations showed a crowd of fighters shoving and pulling the goateed, balding Gadhafi, with blood splattered on his face and soaking his shirt. Gadhafi struggled against them, stumbling and shouting as the fighters pushed him onto the hood of a pickup truck. One fighter held him down, pressing on his thigh with a pair of shoes in a show of contempt. Fighters propped him on the hood as they drove for several moments, apparently to parade him around in victory. "We want him alive. We want him alive," one man shouted before Gadhafi was dragged off the hood, some fighters pulling his hair, toward an ambulance. Later footage showed fighters rolling Gadhafi's lifeless body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist and a pool of blood under his head. His body was then paraded on a car through Misrata, a nearby city that suffered a brutal siege by regime forces during the eight-month civil war that eventually ousted Gadhafi. Crowds in the streets cheered, "The blood of martyrs will not go in vain." Libyan leaders said it appeared that Gadhafi had been caught in the crossfire and it was unclear who fired the bullet that killed him. Shammam said a coroner's report showed that Gadhafi was killed by a bullet to the head and died in the ambulance on the way to a field hospital. Gadhafi was already injured from battle when he was found in the drainage pipe, Shammam said. "It seems like the bullet was a stray and it could have come from the revolutionaries or the loyalists," Shammam said, echoing an account given by Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril the night before. "The problem is everyone around the event is giving his own story." Shammam said that the NTC was expecting a report from Financial Minister Ali Tarhouni who was sent as an envoy to Misrata on Thursday. The governing National Transitional Council said interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil will formally declare liberation on Saturday in the eastern city of Benghazi, where the revolution against Gadhafi's rule began in mid-February. The NTC has always said it will form a new interim government within a month of liberation and will hold elections within eight months. NATO's governing body, meanwhile, was meeting Friday to decide when and how to end the seven-month bombing campaign in Libya, a military operation whose success has helped reinvigorate the Cold War alliance. The U.N. Human Rights Council established an independent panel earlier this year to investigate abuses in Libya, and spokesman Rupert Colville said it would likely examine the circumstances of the 69-year-old leader's death. He said it was too early to say whether the panel — which includes Canadian judge Philippe Kirsch, the first president of the International Criminal Court — would recommend a formal investigation at the national or international level. "We believe there is a need for an investigation," Colville said. "More details are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture." "The two cell phone videos that have emerged, one of him alive, and one of him dead, taken together are very disturbing," he told reporters in Geneva. Mohamed Sayeh, a senior member of the governing National Transitional Council, said representatives from the Netherlands-based International Criminal Court would come to a "go through the paperwork." Sayeh also says Gadhafi's body is still in Misrata, where it was taken after his killing in Sirte. He says Gadhafi will be buried with respect according to Islam tradition and will not have a public funeral. The ICC did not issue any official comments about Gadhafi, but judges at the court would need official confirmation — most likely a DNA sample from the body — that Gadhafi is dead before they could formally withdraw his indictment. Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi have been charged with crimes against humanity for the brutal crackdown on dissent as the uprising against the regime began in mid-February and escalated into a civil war. ___ Associated Press writer Hadeel al-Shalchi in Cairo contributed to this report. @yahoonews on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Editors' Picks FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gestures with a green cane as he takes his seat behind bulletproof glass for a military parade in Green Square, Tripoli, Libya. Libyan special forces stormed a two-day-old protest encampment in the country's second largest city of Benghazi, clearing the area early Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, said witnesses, as a human rights group estimate scores of people have died in the harsh crackdown on days of demonstrations. 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Reply Little Bear 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 Little Bear • Salt Lake City, United States • about a minute ago Report Abuse Where do they get off using slain in the same sentence with Gaddafi? He was a terrorist thug and they make it sound like he was some kind of God.Why don't you just say he was assassinated because that fits better than slain. Reply annae 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 annae • Champaign, United States • 2 minutes ago Report Abuse I somehow think that it was not Gadhafi, but the clown, specially made duplicate, or most probably a hired martyr-actor. Some foreign correspondents wrote that this Gadhafi wore the wig. I do not think that the real leader used to wear the wig. And I do not think at all that this terrible story... More Reply kc2stpr 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 kc2stpr • Fort Worth, United States • 3 minutes ago Report Abuse pe0ple here are pretty unhappy with our gov. couldit happen here just askin it happened before Reply BrianD 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 BrianD 3 minutes ago Report Abuse how exactly he died after he was captured wounded, but alive. Who cares?... More Reply ROK 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 ROK • Wallingford, United States • 4 minutes ago Report Abuse Ding Dong Gadhafi's GONE, let us cheer, no more jeers, ding dong Moammar Gadhafi's DEAD!!!!! Woohoo!!!!! Congrats Libya!!! Reply PCShogun 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 PCShogun 4 minutes ago Report Abuse Questions on how he died? I am sure the bullet hole in the side of the head explains that. What they mean to say is who shot him after he was captured. Reply kc2stpr 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 kc2stpr • Fort Worth, United States • 5 minutes ago Report Abuse if thinga keep going the way they are right now in the u.s. Reply kxbpy 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 kxbpy 6 minutes ago Report Abuse Get the UN out of it! Those useless types have zero to add! Reply kc2stpr 1Thumbs UpThumbs Down1 kc2stpr • Fort Worth, United States • 7 minutes ago Report Abuse usa usa usa usa usa 1 Reply kokoro 1Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 kokoro • Maribor, Slovenia • 7 minutes ago Report Abuse Libyans don't know the hell that's coming after Gadafi. They will cry from him ! At least there was order in the country when he was running it. They will never have democracy. They're not mature enough for it. Look how they killed Gadafi, like he was a rat. Only sick people can rejoice about... More Reply RonM 1Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 RonM • Marion, United States • 8 minutes ago Report Abuse OK America lets send billons of dollars to Libya who think its OK to mutilate women,beat their wifes and daughters,commit honor killings in the name of Allah and keep women in prison for years raping and whipping them till they are black and blue...If anyone deserves freedom its the female... More Reply Apocobamalipps 1Thumbs UpThumbs Down1 Apocobamalipps • Chicago, United States • 12 minutes ago Report Abuse creating this unstable country, controlled by Iranian "rebels", sure cost us a lot of money...how much we'll never know. 1 Reply Robert 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down1 Robert • Oklahoma City, United States • 12 minutes ago Report Abuse He was killed by a NATO air strike. Nobody in the Arab world believe the NTC pulled this one off. Gadhafi is dead and the Arab world is watching what happens next. Libya has been independent and self sustaining. As soon as it becomes a poorer nation and dependent on the West then Gadhafi deaths... More 1 Reply Stop-Watching-Trashy-TV 2Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 Stop-Watching-Trashy-TV • Zurich, Switzerland • 14 minutes ago Report Abuse Libya can heave a sigh of relief now, but it is unfortunate for the rule of law in the country's future that it was unsuccessful at capturing him alive and trying him in The Hague. There is much much more to establishing a stable, peaceful, and human-rights-respecting democratic country than... More Reply 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down1 • Lagos, Nigeria • 14 minutes ago Report Abuse Even if Obama is blind,i never believe America citizen will follow same route.Americans needs to pray for God Forgivness.U people and your self centered leaders just killed a soul when he is not GOD 2 Replies Dat D.00D 1Thumbs UpThumbs Down1 Dat D.00D 16 minutes ago Report Abuse So the question now is: Will craigslist allow Gadhafi's "bodyguards" to post their "services"??? Reply salehh 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down2 salehh • Lagos, Nigeria • 18 minutes ago Report Abuse ph. whateva happens to Muamar G, libya will neva be the same again. NATO is neva going to do any better thing thing for the poor nations. They are only after rich but small defencdless countries like libya. Reply Mladen 1Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 Mladen 18 minutes ago Report Abuse As I see it, way of killing tells more about killers, then killed one. Mob killings more so... I don't think making martyr of him makes anything better and some people will see it that way. (See Chauchescu for further reference). Reply Dat D.00D 0Thumbs UpThumbs Down0 Dat D.00D 20 minutes ago Report Abuse Kim Jong-il's tweet: me ROTFLOL! Reply More Post a comment New: Location! You can now share your location with each comment and make it more interesting. 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