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Gaddafi Killed: Former Leader's Body On Display In Misrata As Burial Delayed

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A post-mortem examination of Colonel Gaddafi's body is expected to be carried out on Saturday amid continuing discussion about how the former Libyan leader should be buried.

Gaddafi's burial has been delayed pending the autopsy, and his body is currently on display for groups and individuals wishing to view it in a meat room inside a shopping centre in Misrata.

Hundreds of Libyans have queued to see the corpse, including some officials and Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister of the National Transitional Council (NTC).

Despite the Muslim tradition of a quick burial, Ali Tarhoun, the NTC's oil minister, said he had asked for the body to be held for a few days.

"I told them to keep it in the freezer for a few days... to make sure that everybody knows he is dead," he said.

However a senior official told the news agency there was a division in the interim government over where Gaddafi's resting place should be.

"Under Islam he should have been buried quickly but they have to reach an agreement whether he is to be buried in Misrata, Sirte, or somewhere else," the senior official, speaking anonymously, said.

According to another official, cited by the Associated Press, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has to examine the death of the despot before he can be buried.

Officials have said that the burial will be conducted in secret, and the BBC has reported speculation that he may be buried at sea, as happened to al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in order to prevent his grave site becoming a shrine for supporters.

Confusion surrounding the circumstances of Gaddafi's death has also continued, with the UN calling for a full investigation.

That call was echoed by members of Gaddafi's family, as well as the United Staes who have asked the NTC to provide a full account "in an open and transparent manner".

Gaddafi was captured alive by NTC troops following a Nato air strike on a convoy outside his hometown of Sirte on Thursday. Video footage showed him bloodied, dragged through the streets, pushed and pulled by his jubilant captors.

"Don't shoot, don't shoot," he pleaded. Dazed, wounded and wiping blood from his face the 69-year-old questioned his captors: "What did I ever do to you?"

Soon after, he was dead.

Footage of his final moments were captured on mobile phones and broadcast around the world.

According to Libyan prime minister Mahmoud Jibril, Gaddafi was shot in crossfire between NTC fighters and pro-Gaddafi forces.

No-one else was injured in the crossfire fuelling speculation that Gaddafi either died from wounds sustained during his capture, or that he had been summarily executed in the street.

Gaddafi’s son Mutasssim was also killed, according to the Libyan information minister. A video has appeared on YouTube purportedly showing his dead body.

According to Reuters, Moussa Ibrahim, a high-ranking spokesman for the former regime, was captured and Yunus Jaber, head of Gaddafi’s armed forces was found dead.

The whereabouts of Gaddafi’s other son, Saif al-Islam, widely tipped to take over his father’s regime before it fell in August, remains unknown, though reports suggest that he is still at large in Libya’s desert. He may have been shot and injured.

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