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Gaddafi Funeral Video: Footage Claims To Show Secret Ceremony

First Posted: 10/26/11 12:26 PM ET Updated: 12/26/11 05:12 AM ET

Footage aired by Dubai-based Al Alaan TV purports to show the funeral of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim, and Libya's former National Security Advisor Abu Bakr Yunis.

According to The Telegraph, the commentator claims the shaky video shows open coffins containing the three men's bodies. The International Business Times reports that Gaddafi's personal cleric, Kahled Tantoush, is shown reciting an Islamic funeral prayer.

Gaddafi reportedly was buried Tuesday in a secret desert location to prevent people from defacing his grave and loyalists from turning it into a shrine. According to the Associated Press, the bodies were removed overnight from the commercial freezer where they had been on display for four days:

"They were then buried at dawn Tuesday, according to Ibrahim Beitalmal, a spokesman for the military council in Misrata. Bani also confirmed the burial.

In a text message, Beitalmal said Islamic prayers were read over the bodies and that relatives and members of the local and military councils of Misrata attended the funeral."

The BBC spoke with Sheikh Khaled Tantoush, a trusted cleric under Gaddafi's regime, about the details of the funeral. According to Tantoush, Gaddafi was buried in accordance with Islamic rites. "Yes. They let us clean him and do what Islamic people do when a Muslim dies," he reportedly said.

In the video above, watch the amateur footage broadcast by Al Alaan TV.

February 16, 2011
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A Libyan prisoner, left, is hugged by his relatives after he was released with a group of 110 prisoners from Abu Salim, Libya's most notorious prison, in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.

Inspired by the unrest in Egypt, residents of Libya's second largest city Benghazi started protesting against the regime of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in February 2011. In an attempt to calm the protests, Gaddafi's government released 110 prisoners and offered to double government employees' wages. Yet protests spread to other cities and intense fighting erupted between Gaddafi loyalists and rebel fighters.

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Filed by Clare Richardson  |