Gaddafi Died From Gun Shot Wound to the Head Autopsy Reveals

Posted on October 23, 2011

In a troubling twist to the circumstances surrounding the fall of Gaddafi and the birth of a free Libya, autopsy results are in and it has been determined that he died from a gun shot wound to the head.  Here is the article in the Daily Mail, UK from Reuters:

Muammar Gaddafi died from gunshot wound, says postmortem doctor

Doctor involved in examination of former Libyan leader’s body says ‘nothing will be hidden’ in report to prosecutor general

Libyans wait in line to view Muammar Gaddafi's corpse

Libyans wait in line to view Muammar Gaddafi’s corpse in Misrata. Photograph: Guillem Valle/EPA

Muammar Gaddafi‘s body has a bullet in the head and a bullet in the abdomen, a medical source told Reuters on Sunday.

Earlier, a doctor involved in an overnight autopsy on the former Libyan leader’s body told Reuters he had died from a gunshot wound.

“There are multiple injuries. There is a bullet in the abdomen and in the brain,” the medical source said.

The postmortem was carried out at a morgue in Misrata. Local officials said Gaddafi’s body would be brought back to the cold storage facility at a market in Misrata where it has been on public display.

The doctor involved in the autopsy said the report would be passed onto the prosecutor general. “But everything will be revealed publicly. Nothing will be hidden,” he said.

More than we would want to know about the US role in Gaddafi’s death may be revealed.  Regardless this is the US Position and that of the Libyan government:


One video in particular was receiving heightened scrutiny on Friday because it showed a conscious Colonel Qaddafi wiping blood off the left side of his face, revealing no bullet wound. Later videos of his corpse showed a bullet wound in the same spot, adding to skepticism about the interim government’s official explanation that he was accidentally killed during a shootout with Qaddafi loyalists.

The United States, which along with other major Western powers heartily congratulated the Libyan people on Thursday as news of Colonel Qaddafi’s death was announced, also said that Libya’s post-Qaddafi leaders must furnish a detailed explanation of how he had died.

Officials with the interim government indicated that they would pursue an investigation, although senior military leaders in Misurata, where the bodies were taken, said they saw no need for one.


Mahmoud Jibril, the interim prime minister, visiting the colonel’s body in the meat locker, said the burial could take place in the next 48 hours.[NY Times] 

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