Investigation into Gadhafi's death delays burial, body stashed in freezer

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MISRATA, Libya (AP) — Most accounts of Moammar Gadhafi's death agree on a couple of points, but contradictions and unanswered questions remain.

Gadhafi was captured wounded but alive yesterday after trying to flee his hometown of Sirte in a convoy. New video shows a bloodied Gadhafi being taunted and beaten by Libyan fighters who pulled him out of a drainage tunnel where he and his bodyguards had taken refuge.

Gadhafi died about 30 to 40 minutes later as an ambulance was taking him to Misrata. A coroner's report says he bled to death from a shot to the head.

Members of the transitional government say the ambulance was caught in crossfire and the former dictator may have been killed by a stray bullet. However, those close to the scene have not mentioned further clashes. They say Gadhafi died of existing wounds before reaching the hospital.

Questions also exist about bullet wounds to Gadhafi's chest and stomach that were not visible in the earlier video.

U.N.'s human rights officials call the images of Gadhafi's last moments disturbing and say an investigation is needed to determine whether he was killed in fighting or executed.

Meanwhile, Libya's interim government has puts burial plans on hold and Gadhafi's body has been stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping mall in Misrata.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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