Gaddafi Dead: Body Kept In Freezer In Misrata Market (VIDEO)
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's body is being held in a commercial freezer in a Misrata market, Reuters and the Associated Press report.
Video footage shows the bloodied body of the ousted Libyan leader lying on a mattress in a shopping center in Misrata, the coastal city where Gaddafi's body was brought after he was captured and killed in Sirte on Thursday. His body shows bruises and bullet wounds to the chest and the temple.
Libya's transitional government said on Thursday that Gaddafi would be buried within 24 hours, in accordance with Muslim rites. Yet on Friday, the NTC announced that Gaddafi's burial had been delayed because of investigations and a pending decision on where to bury the body.
Earlier today, UNHCR called for an investigation into the circumstances of Gaddafi's death. "We believe there is a need for an investigation," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. "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," Colville told reporters.
Also on Friday, there were rumors of a dispute between the National Transitional Council and a group of Misrata fighters over the site of Gaddafi's grave, Reuters reports. "They are not agreeing on the place of burial," an NTC official who declined to be named told the news organization. "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," he said.
Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Thursday after the capture of his hometown Sirte by Libyan fighters. The precise circumstances of the former leader's death remain unclear. Libyan officials said it appeared that Gaddafi was caught in the crossfire, and it was unclear who fired the bullet that killed him.
Below, watch footage showing Gaddafi's body in Misrata (WARNING: Graphic content):