NTC Fighters Commit Mass Execution of 53 Gadhafi Supporters

When Gadhafi was killed, Libya’s new leaders in the National Transitional Council made official statements that he had been killed in the crossfire of an ongoing gun fight. That was a lie, and when videos of Gadhafi’s capture came out, showing him being severely beaten, guns pointed to his head, and then showing his stiff corpse with a bullet hole perfectly centered in his left temple, it became all too clear that it was a lie. The autopsy report subsequently concluded that his death was the result of gun shot wounds to the head. Now Jibril and the other NTC leaders are backtracking on that whole collateral damage narrative. A fine exhibition of the first official, post-Gadhafi act of the US-supported Libyan government.

But, as it turns out, Gadhafi wasn’t the only one summarily executed by NTC fighters last week:

Fifty-three people, apparent Gaddafi supporters, seem to have been executed at a hotel in Sirte last week, Human Rights Watch said today. The hotel is in an area of the city that was under the control of anti-Gaddafi fighters from Misrata before the killings took place.

Human Rights Watch called on Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the apparent mass execution and to bring those responsible to justice.

“We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, who investigated the killings.

Fifty-three people. That’s a massacre. But typically, those on the international stage who face prosecutions for terrible crimes are those that Washington doesn’t like too much. In the case of the NTC, the Obama administration and their counterparts in Britain and France have an interest in making the “revolution” (read: coup) they took part in seem as if it were for democracy and the goodness of those freedom fighters they supported. So my guess is that nobody is held accountable for these crimes. Or, for that matter, for the crimes committed pre-Gadhafi execution.

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  • jariya

    The NTC fighters were bllod thirsty for killing Gadaffi and his family from the day took up arms. To drag a seventy year old man bleeding and brutalizing him before shooting him and keeping his decomposing body for public to photograph without any respect to even Islamic Religon shows the type of people who now Govern Libya.

    Sure the NATO gave the guns, body armor to the rebels exchanged intelligence and even bombed the places the rebels asked them to. If the rebels allowed their own country to be bombed and devastated including the killing of civilians at Sirte I can hardly believe these are Libyans who love their peole and country

    They are just oppurtunists who like carrying guns and firing them and having a one sided fight

    They will find oot how free they will be when westen countries tries to impose their standds on them or try to collect their weopens or when drones and planes will be patrolling thir skies without their permission and will tell the what to do when they vote in the UN

  • DICKERSON3870

    RE: "NTC Fighters Commit Mass Execution of 53 Gadhafi Supporters"

    THANK GOODNESS FOR THE "OBAMA DOCTRINE": Let's look forward, and not worry about what has happened in the past.

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  • Mass execution is absolutely disgusting, and a mid-evil practice that should be abolished. 53 supporters murdered just because…unbelievable.

  • Those people perhaps trying to to conceal the truth. Even Gadhafi was killed, they should have not provide wrong information to the public as this is a matter of security, better not to say anything than making a lie.