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  10/21/2011, Tishrei 23, 5772

UN Human Rights Council: Probe Qaddafi Death


The United Nations Human Rights Council called Friday morning for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Referring to separate cell phone images showing a wounded Qaddafi alive, then dead, following his capture, Thursday, in his hometown of Sirte, Council spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters, "Taken together, they were very disturbing."

Colville said he expected that the council's commission of inquiry into killings, torture and other crimes in Libya would look into the circumstances of Gaddafi's death. He told Reuters Television, "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."