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Libyan NTC 'stained' by Gaddafi killing

Britain's new defence secretary, Philip Hammond, says the reputation of Libya's new leaders has been harmed in his eyes by the way ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi met his end

AFP , Sunday 23 Oct 2011
The dead body of Muammar Gaddafi is displayed inside a metal storage freezer in Misrata October 22, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
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Britain's new Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that he would like to see an investigation into the death of Gaddafi, who was captured alive during the fall of his hometown Sirte on Thursday. "It's certainly not the way we do things, it's not the way we would have liked it to have happened," he told BBC television.

"We would have liked to see Colonel Gaddafi going on trial, ideally at the International Criminal Court, to answer for his misdeeds not only in Libya but of course the many acts of terrorism that he supported and perpetrated outside Libya, of which we in Britain have a disproportionately large number of victims.

"The fledgling Libyan government will understand that its reputation in the international community is a little bit stained by what happened.

"I'm sure that it will want to get to the bottom of it in a way that rebuilds and cleanses that reputation."

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23-10-2011 12:38pm
Oh the irony
For the longest time, much of Libya’s population was seething from the hips about the difficulties subjected to them courtesy of Mr Gaddafi’s rule and now that he is finally gone they don’t know how to proceed. Which in some way all makes sense as Mr Gaddafi had spent 40 years dictating policy and agenda for his countrymen, and in his absence his fellow countrymen are at a kind of loss what to do. It’s as if their lives all these years had been motivated with how to make the best of Mr Gaddafi’s embittered rule, how to overthrow him and now how to exactly begin to live without him…
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