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Libyans: Gaddafi's killer will be prosecuted

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Libyans: Gaddafi's killer will be prosecuted

Muammar Gaddafi's killer will face prosecution, the National Transitional Council announced Thursday.

Although the NTC had maintained that the former dictator was killed during crossfire when rebels liberated Sirte, NTC officials said they will prosecute the person found responsible for Gaddafi's death, the Guardian reported.

"With regards to Gaddafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us," said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, the deputy chief of the National Transitional Council, to the al-Arabiya satellite channel, the Guardian reported.

"We had already launched an investigation. we have issued a code of ethics in handling of prisoners of war. I am sure that was an individual act and not an act of revolutionaries or the national army. Whoever is responsible for that [Gaddafi's killing] will be judged and given a fair trial," Ghoga said.

The Guardian reported the investigation may prove to be unwelcome in Misrata, which is where the rebels who captured Gaddafi in Sirte are based.

"Why are they even asking this question?" said Ibrahim Beit al-Mal, Misrata's military chief. "He was caught and he was killed. would he have given us the same? Of course."  

In a leaked video days after Gaddafi's capture, a rebel fighter who identified himself as Senad el-Sadik el-Ureybi, said that he had shot and killed Gaddafi.  

"We grabbed him. I hit him in the face," the fighter said in Arabic in the video, UPI reported. "Some fighters wanted to take him away and that's when I shot him twice, in the head and in the chest."

The National Transitional Council's statement comes after cell phone video, obtained by GlobalPost, showed the wounded former leader being sodomized with a stick or knife. 

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

ICC 'in touch' with Gaddafi's son

The International Criminal Court is in the middle of "informal conversations" with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo told CNN.

The discussions are taking place via intermediaries, and Saif's whereabouts remain unknown.

The court has learned that mercenaries have offered to help him flee to an African country that does not recognize the ICC's authority, according to Moreno Ocampo.

Prosecutors believe they have a "strong case" against Saif for crimes against humanity, Moreno Ocampo said, but stressed that he would be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a fair trial.

Libya's National Transitional Council indicated Wednesday that Saif al-Islam was considering surrendering to the court.

The ICC will not offer Saif any deals for turning himself in, the chief prosecutor added.

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