gaddafi dies.jpgFormer Libyan strongman, Moammar Gaddafi, was buried in a secret location early this Tuesday, officials of the interim government said.

The burial ends a four-day spectacle in which his bloody body was displayed to a public celebrating his gory death as a fitting end to decades of repression.

Suliman Fortia, the representative of the city of Misurata on the national governing council, said in a telephone interview that Gaddafi’s body was put in an unmarked grave “somewhere in the desert” at dawn. Libyan officials have said they wanted to prevent his tomb being desecrated or turned into a pilgrimage site.

Gaddafi’s body, along with the bodies of his son Mutassim and former Defence Minister Abu Bakr Younis, had been brought to Misurata by triumphant fighters from the city and placed in a frozen-food locker at a supermarket.

Thousands trooped by Gaddafi’s decomposing corpse in recent days, staring in wonder and loathing at the remains of the man who had ruled them for 42 years.

Reports say Mutassim Gaddafi and Younis were also buried in the desert Tuesday.

Interim Prime Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Monday that he had requested an investigation, but he continued to insist that Gaddafi suffered a fatal shot to the head in an exchange of fire between his supporters and revolutionaries after he was captured.

 

There has been no confirmation of such a firefight, however.