UN rights office urges inquiry into Gaddafi death

GENEVA, (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights  office called today for a full investigation into the death  of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and voiced concerns that he may  have been executed.
Separate cellphone images showed a wounded and bloodied  Gaddafi first alive and then later dead amidst a jostling crowd  of anti-Gaddafi fighters after his capture in his hometown of  Sirte yesterday.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty about what happened exactly.  There seem to be four or five different versions of how he  died,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told Reuters  Television in an interview.
“If you take these two videos together, they are rather  disturbing because you see someone who has been captured alive  and then you see the same person dead.
“We are not in a position to say what has happened at this  point but we feel that it is very important that this is  clarified, that there is some sort of serious investigation into  what happened and what caused his death,” he said.
Asked whether the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for  Human Rights Navi Pillay was concerned Gaddafi may have been  executed while in captivity, Colville replied:
“It has to be one possibility when you look at these two  videos. So that’s something that an investigation needs to look  into,” he said.
It is a fundamental principle of international law that  people accused of serious crimes should be tried if possible, he  said.

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