Colonel Gaddafi’s widow has backed international demands yesterday for an inquiry into his killing.
Rebel fighters apparently executed the wounded dictator having captured him alive.
As celebrations over the death of the 69-year-old tyrant continued throughout Libya, officials of the ruling National Transitional Council were forced to delay his secret burial for further examination of his battered body.
A new video that apparently shows the moment that tyrant was pulled from his hole and led to a jeep may shed light on how he came to be killed.
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Injured: Blood pours from a wound above Gaddafi's left temple as the rebels hurl insults at him. 'Shut up, dog', is how the stubborn tyrant responds
Final hiding place: The inside of a concrete tunnel into which Gaddafi and a small number of body guards crawled into once their convoy had been hit
The shaky mobile phone footage shows a dozen jeering rebels surrounding the bloodied tyrant, who is hoarse and barely audbile.
Gaddafi says: 'What are you doing? It’s not allowed in Islamic law. What you are doing is forbidden.
'What you’re doing is wrong, guys. Do you know what is right or wrong?'
The young men scream 'Muammar, you dog!' as their former leader wipes at blood covering the left side of his head, neck and left shoulder.
Gaddafi gestures to the young men to be patient, and says 'What's going on?' as he wipes fresh blood from his temple and glances at his palm.
A young fighter later is shown carrying a boot and screaming, 'This is Muammar's shoe! This is Muammar's shoe! Victory! Victory!'
'Keep him alive, keep him alive!' someone shouts.
Another rebel screams: 'God is great. God is omnipotent.' And as Gaddafi begs for mercy, a fighter says: 'Shut up, you dog.' The recording then ends.
Gun fire from an automatic-rile is heard before the recording ends. The Daily Mirror claimed today that these were the fatal bullets. However, there were only signs on his corpse of wounds from handguns and the time of death is understood to have been less than an hour later.
One of the rebels who said he took part in the capture said Gaddafi was shot and wounded at the last minute by one of his own men.
No escape now: Gaddafi is surrounded by rebels waving AK-47s and walked across the barren desert. His left arm has been wounded, possibly when his convoy of 80 jeeps was hit by air raids
Stumbling: Rapidly losing strength, Gaddafi falls to the floor as rebels kick stones up at him
Trying to wriggle away. Even with facing imminent defeat, the tyrant launches another rambling diatribe in an attempt to free himself
'One of Muammar Gaddafi's guards shot him in the chest,' said Omran Jouma Shawan.
Both the United Nations and Amnesty International called for investigations into the death, a call echoed by Gaddafi’s widow, Safia, from her exile in neighbouring Algeria.
Syrian TV quoted her as calling on the UN to investigate and saying she was proud of the courage shown by her husband and children.
In a statement, the ousted dictator's family asked for the bodies of Gaddafi, his son Mutassim, and others who were killed on Thursday by fighters who overran his hometown Sirte.
'We call on the UN, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Amnesty International to force the [National] Transitional Council to hand over the martyrs' bodies to our tribe in Sirte and to allow them to perform their burial ceremony in accordance with Islamic customs and rules,' the statement said.
TV reports in Dubai and Jordan claimed yesterday that Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha called her father’s mobile phone after seeing reports in Algeria that he had been captured.
The phone was answered by fighters. Aisha screamed at them and called them ‘rats’.
Undignified end: Gaddafi's head is turned slightly to the left. There are suggestions that this has been done to hide a bullet hole in his skull
The shooting has raised unwanted questions about the ability of the new leadership to control the men with guns, as well as causing discomfort for Western allies about respect for justice and human rights among those who claimed to be fighting for just those ideals.
A series of graphic videos apparently taken on mobile phones clearly shows Gaddafi alive after being pulled from a concrete sewer in his home city of Sirte on Thursday morning, being manhandled by NTC fighters and then his dead body being dragged along a pavement.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the NTC had promised to explain how Gaddafi was killed.
'They're dealing with the death itself as well as the aftermath in as transparent a way as I think they can,' he said.
'They've fought bravely to liberate their country from this dictator. And, you know, he met an ignominious end yesterday.'
Gaddafi’s son Mutassim, who commanded the defence of Sirte, was also killed after capture.
Yesterday his body, scarred by numerous cigarette burns, was laid out beside his father’s in a makeshift mortuary at an old meat store in the coastal city of Misrata.
Gaddafi's widow, Safia, left, has called for the UN to launch an inquiry into her husband's death. His daughter, Ayesha, right, called her father's mobile phone but it was answered by rebels
Parties of the past: Gaddafi cuddles a young relative as wife Safia, centre, son Mutassim, and another female family member look on
While few mourned the deaths, the growing row cast a shadow over the celebrations with NTC officials and fighters telling differing stories. Some denied that Gaddafi had been executed and claimed instead that he was shot in a firefight after his arrest.
But one NTC minister in the Libyan capital Tripoli told the Mail yesterday that officials had been saying for weeks that Gaddafi would be shot if cornered – a claim at odds with the official rebel line.
‘He took their blood – they had to take his,’ the senior minister said. ‘We couldn’t have stopped them even if we had tried. It was their due after seeing their brothers killed.’
Rupert Colville, a UN human rights spokesman, said: ‘There seem to be four or five different versions of how he died.
‘If you take these videos together, they are rather disturbing because you see someone who has been captured alive and then you see the same person dead.
‘We feel that it is very important that there is a serious investigation into what caused his death.’
Paraded: Bystanders watch over Gaddafi's body as it lies in a storage freezer in Misrata
Libya’s Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, reading what he said was a post-mortem report, stated that Gaddafi was hauled unresisting from the sewer pipe, shot in the arm and put in a truck which was ‘caught in crossfire’ as it ferried him to hospital.
Dr Ibrahim Tika, who examined the bodies in Misrata yesterday, said: ‘There was a bullet and that was the primary reason for his death, it penetrated his gut . . . then there was another bullet that went in and out of his head.’
The medical evidence appears to support the claims of fighters involved in Gaddafi’s capture who said in the immediate aftermath that he had been shot in the stomach.
Final seconds: Gaddafi is turned on his side to face the ground, an apparent gesture carried out to spare him from looking his killer in the eyes
Fear on his face after being captured in his home town of Sirte, this is Gaddafi in the moments leading up to his death
Final moments: A dazed Gaddafi gesticulates as rebels parade him through Sirte shortly before he was shot
Grimacing in pain: A still from a video taken from the mobile phone of a rebel fighter shows Gaddafi, his face covered in blood, being dragged around by freedom fighters
Losing blood: Gaddafi lifts a hand to his face to see the blood pouring from his wounds. The mobile phone footage shows the dictator slumped against a jeep but still alive
UN officials said an investigation would need to examine the ‘wealth’ of video footage which showed a crowd of fighters shoving and pulling the balding Gaddafi, blood splattered on his face and soaking his shirt after he was dragged from the pipe.
Gaddafi could be seen struggling against them, stumbling and shouting as the fighters pushed him on to the bonnet of a truck. One fighter held him down, pressing on his thigh with a pair of shoes in a show of contempt.
Fighters propped him on the hood as they drove for several moments, apparently to parade him around in victory.
‘We want him alive,’ one man shouted before Gaddafi was hauled off the bonnet, some fighters pulling his hair, towards an ambulance.
The controversy delayed the burial which under Islamic custom is meant to take place within 24 hours of death.
Celebration: Mohammed al-Bibi, seen here in a Yankees hat, points to a comrade holding Gaddafi's golden gun. Al-Bibi is the one who found the despot in his final hiding place and duly claimed the war souvenir