The Fall Of A Tyrant

Posted: October 25, 2011 in International, Libya, Middle-East

Born in the small fishing town of Sirte, Colonol Muammar Gaddafi rose to become the ruler of Libya. For 42 years Gaddafi dominated Libya with a merciless single-mindedness until in August 2011 he was officially ousted from power following battles between loyalists and the National Transitional Council. As rebel forces approached Tripoli on August 21st Gaddafi’s response, true to form, was “We will fight to the last drop of blood. We will never give up.” On October 20th this claim for Al Qaddafi came to pass as Nato aircraft struck 11 vehicles in an armoured convoy speeding the late Libyan leader out of his hometown.

In a statement released on Friday Nato said “These armed vehicles were leaving Sirte at high speed and were attempting to force their way around the outskirts of the city.” The statement followed on to say, “The vehicles were carrying a substantial amount of weapons and ammunition posing as a significant threat to the local civilian population.”

Questions still remain over the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death, Nato remains adamant they were unaware that Gaddafi was in the convoy, reiterating that it was not Nato’s policy to target individuals. Supporting this statement a Libyan military official said Gaddafi was wounded in a Nato air strike before his capture. However, not all feel this to be the truth, a doctor who examined Gaddafi’s body said that his death was the result of a bullet in his intestines and a bullet hole in his head, both of which were sustained while in captivity. The United Nations human rights office called on Friday for a full investigation into the killing of Colonel Gaddafi and has voiced concerns that he may have been executed post-capture.

Sources have estimated that the financial cost of the UK’s involvement in the Libya conflict could be as high as £1.75bn – almost seven times more than government estimates, according to a new study. Research by a respected defence analyst suggests that the government has given a misleading picture of the costs of supporting the military operation, now in its eighth month, leading to demands of a proper spending breakdown. Concern over funding for the operation has been mounting, as government departments, including the MOD, have to cope with deep spending cuts because of the fragility of the economy.

“Everyone can now draw a line. This is the final curtain. This is the beginning of a new chapter,” declared Guma al- Gamaty af Gaddafi’s death was confirmed. For many though there are still some issues that still need to be resolved. In the case of Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi and his family on the key issues still very much on the table is that of the torture that went on under Gaddafi’s regime and with Gaddafi gone the focus is on the involvement of British authorities. This week the wife and children of Sami al-Saadi have launched legal proceedings against the British government and its intelligence agencies over the role they played in an operation that had Saadi’s family abducted in Hong Kong in 2004. From here they were flown to Tripoli and held for months in one of Gaddafi’s prisons as Saadi was tortured nearby. Saadi’s eldest child, Kahdija, now 19, has talked of the terror of being separated from her parents and taken to Libya where she knew her father would face torture at best. “The British government speak of human rights and justice – why were they involved with Gaddafi?” she asked “The people who put us through this should be held accountable. I want an apology: they stole my childhood” Like his family Saadi embarked on his own legal pursuit earlier this month joining a list of 30 cases alleging British complicity in their torture or rendition. Saadi’s wife and children were held in captivity for two and a half months. Their father remained imprisoned for six years.

 

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