Mass grave in Tripoli could disclose Genocide in the Murk

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Woman potraying the picture of his son. (Photo LAT)

Tripoli, Lybia-The mass grave found in Tripoli September 25 could be a clear indication that the former Libyan leader could have committed grave crimes during his forty two years in power.

Though the remains of the victims are believed to be of inmates, it is not yet clear whether what they were arrested for was worth being in prison or if at all it meant the massacre and solitary burial, and if what they were killed for was well justified by the courts of law as a capital offense at the time of the killing.

It could be the first grave of its kind but soon many may be disclosed in other parts of Tripoli. Could it be that Muammar Gaddafi, who was implicated in the 1980s Rockabi bombing, committed atrocities and as fact could reveal massacres that will culminate in naming him the another Genocidaire on the African soil and that could have been the spark of the Benghazi invasion and gradual war that has seen him run into hiding and remains at large trying reorganize and retaliate?

Over 1,200 bodies have been excavated from the Abu Salim prison yard where the real spark of the demonstration and uprising for the Abu Salim family lawyer started. Prison guards questioned by the National Transitional Council (NTC) that the deceased where killed for protesting the prison conditions on June 28, 1996.

According to a former inmate who survived the shooting and helped locate the grave, Abdul Wahab Gady, the inmates were shot dead in the open field while trying to escape and when they surrendered were blindfolded, handcuffed and shot.

They were buried indoors until 1999 when they were scattered in the mass grave over an area with 100 meters in radius. The Abu Salem family filed a complaint with the International Human Rights Watch against Gaddafi in 2007 but, he offered compensation for silence that they refused and instead started holding Saturday protests in Benghazi, the spark of the war that ousted him from power.

NTC said that the remaining work is for the international community, though, some Abu Salim family members insist that forensic DNA identification of the bodies would take years and be meaningless.

Colonel Gaddafi is not the only ousted head of state that has committed such heinous mayhem and as gone by for many decades without International Criminal Court questioning only to be fought out of power and mass graves starting to be disclosed by a few surviving inmates and tribesmen with the security of NTC.

One amazing aspect of the story is how the bereaved filed a complaint with IHRC and how Gaddafi offered bribes as compensation for human life.

Is money worth anybody’s life or a given presidency in Africa has to eat off a certain death toll before it is crumbled out of power and everything is back to square one? It is, hypocritically, defined that any Genocide is the mass killing with intent to exterminate a particular people for their humanity.

But while it has been revealed that Africa is becoming a Genocide haven for different perpetrators, there is nothing like an definition that Genocide is indeed the killing off of a particular people military or unmilitary with intent to exterminate them or disable them all committed illegally under confidential conspiracy and done without legal justification.

This could in the long run of the Libya interim government be disclosed as the exact crime that took place in Abu Salim and other parts that will be excavated as NTC progresses.


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