War crime investigation into Gaddafi’s killing

By Lelethu Mquqo
22 October 2011

The United Nations has demanded an international investigation into the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, saying it could well have been a war crime.

UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns says a proper investigation into the deposed Libyan leader’s death will be a key test for Libya’s future as a democratic and accountable state.

Heyns says the Geneva Conventions clearly state that prisoners who are captured may not be executed wilfully.

Meanwhile, Libya's National Transitional Council has delayed Gaddafi's burial.

According to Muslin rites, he should have been buried within 24-hours of his death.

But the NTC is arranging a secret location for his burial.

They also want time for an investigation into his death by what they call a "third party from outside of Libya”.


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