Dictator Mubarak Breaks to Mourn for Dictator Gaddafi

Human Wrongs Watch

Cairo—Egypt’s deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak broke to mourn for the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and his health conditions have deteriorated, according to medical reports.

Source: Dostor

An Egyptian medical source reported on October 22 that Mubarak’s health deteriorated after he learnt about the killing of Gaddafi and watched pictures of his lynching.

Mubarak, who is subject to preemptive prison in the Cairo-based International Medical Centre, broke down in an acute hysterical crying that almost stopped his heart as soon as he heard the news about Gaddafi’s brutal death, according to Russia Today.

At the same time, media reports informed that Mubarak fell into “a state of extreme fear and hysteria and broke down in a hysterical cry for fear of having the same fate.”

Egyptian security forces immediately stepped up their presence and tightened their security measures around the medical centre. Mubarak and Gaddafi used to have good political and personal relations.

Doubts over Exact Circumstances

Meanwhile, a member of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has voiced doubts over the exact circumstances of Muammar Gaddafi’s death, raising questions over earlier claims that the deposed leader had been killed in crossfire, according to Al Jazeera.

Waheed Burshan told Al Jazeera on Saturday October 21 that Gaddafi was clearly captured alive and there should be an investigation as to how he ended up dead a short while later.

We found that he was alive and then he was dead. And as far as we can tell there was no fight,” he said.

Contradicting Libyan Prime Minister Account

“Was there a fight when transporting him to Misrata? We don’t know. But there was definitely a time gap and I am sure an investigation will happen.”

Burshan’s comments, contradicting Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril’s account that Gaddafi was killed in crossfire, comes a day after the UN called for a probe into the death.

Gaddafi’s Killing… A War Crime?

Christof Heyns, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, told Al Jazeera on Friday October 20 that the manner of the deposed Libyan leader’s killing could be a war crime.

Heyns said a proper investigation into the exact events surrounding Gaddafi’s death was a key test for Libya’s future as a democratic and accountable state.

UN Calls for an International Investigation

The UN has called for an international investigation into the death of Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed Libyan leader, saying it could have been a war crime.

Heyns told Al Jazeera on Friday that a proper investigation into the exact events surrounding Gaddafi’s death was a key test for Libya’s future as a democratic and accountable state.

The Geneva conventions are very clear that when prisoners are taken they may not be executed wilfully and if that was the case then we are dealing with a war crime, something that should be tried.”

It’s important that the new government will be placed on a solid basis where there is accountability for illegal actions.”

I think it would be good if there was international investigation into this as well, and it’s not simply Mr Gaddafi but also there’s the dangers of reprisals against others as well and that is where it is important to draw the line to say that new system in place one of accountability.”

Libya’s National Transitional Council delayed Gaddafi’s burial on Friday in order to arrange a secret location and allow for an investigation into his death, officials said.

Growing Tensions in the National Transitional Council

Meanwhile, reports from both Benghazi and Tripoli talk about growing tensions between liberals and Islamists preventing from forming a new government.

Institutions, political parties and civil society organisations were banned under Gaddafi and so far the Islamists are most organised and able to significantly gain weight in the next stage.

In addition to the Muslim Brothers movement, there are some former Libyan leaders integrating the so called “Islamic fighting group”, who were loyal to Al Qaeda organisation and now hold senior positions both in the military and security services.

Such is the case, per example, of Abdul Karim Belhadj, who currently heads the Military Council in Tripoli.

Libya: Is it the End or Just the Beginning?

Under this header, Russia Today (RT) wrote on October 22, “With Libya’s liberation to be officially announced on Sunday and NTC loyalists continuing to celebrate the downfall of Gaddafi’s regime, the question of Libya’s future is rearing its head. And for some it is obvious NATO will not leave so fast.”

The liberation is to be declared on Sunday (October 23) in the city of Benghazi, and not in the capital Tripoli, interim government officials have announced. The chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, will make the declaration.

What Is Next?

The celebrations of Gaddafi’s death are still continuing in Tripoli. As RT’s Anissa Naouai reports from the Libyan capital, the situation there remains tense and is still very chaotic. “Lots of people are honking their horns and have their lights on. People are still shooting into the air,” she reports.

But along with the loud celebrations, the people are asking question which is also being asked now by many global analysts: what’s next for Libya?

Meanwhile, NATO plans to end its mission in Libya on October 31, but will issue a formal decision next week after consulting the United Nations and Libya’s interim authorities, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday, RT said.

And I find it is questionable that NATO will do that,” journalist and author Susan Lindauer told RT. “I do not believe this war is over. The Libyan people are not going to stop fighting until NATO leaves the country.”

The director of the Transform Centre for Conflict Analysis, Ahmed Badawi, supports this kind of scenario, suggesting that the “mission of NATO probably will be transformed now.”

The Libyan army will have to be somehow reconsidered. There has to be a lot of security training and maybe NATO will find this a good opportunity to maintain some kind of presence in Libya while transforming its mission from protecting civilians into some kind of long-term operation with the Libyan armed forces,” he told RT.

Tussling for Power

You will see the new Libyan government requesting NATO to keep some troops on for training,” agrees war correspondent Eric Margolis. He also believes that killing Gaddafi was “a convenient end to Gaddafi and his family”.

There will be tussling for power between European powers, particularly, the French, the Italian and British, to see who is going to become the dominant voice in Libya,” believes journalist Eric Margolis.

Nobody cares in Libya about democracy. What they care about is oil, business contacts and arms contacts from the new Libyan government,” Eric Margolis told RT. For him it is obvious that “the West has great interest in Libya.”

Margolis says that it all reminds him of “the old pirate thing from the Caribbean: dead men tell no tales.” “And Gaddafi and his family had a lot of tales to tell about foreign involvement,” he said.

2011 Human Wrongs Watch

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