Gaddafi body to be handed over to extended family

As per the Islamic law, Muammar Gaddafi`s body should have been buried within 24 hours of his death.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Tripoli: The body of the dead Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could reportedly be handed over to his extended family in a deal reached with Libya`s interim government.

The National Transitional Council`s (NTC) foreign affairs spokesman Ahmed Jibreel has said that the handover may be imminent, though he admitted it had not yet been decided where the dictator will be buried.

"I think the decision has been taken already, which is to hand over the body of Gaddafi to his extended family. There are consultations between the NTC and with people from Sirte on whom the body should be handed over to,” Sky News quoted Jibreel, as saying.

"Some [relatives] are in Sirte and some in other cities. We expect this to happen very soon. If not in the coming hours, it will be in a few days. There are consultations between the NTC and Gaddafi`s family. It is in the interests of his family and the whole country to bury Gaddafi in a secret place but this has not been decided yet," he added.

Although according to the Islamic law, Gaddafi`s body should have been buried within 24 hours of his death, the process got delayed over confusion within the NTC about what to do with his body.

Besides, his killing has led the United Nations (UN) and Amnesty International to demand a probe into the matter. Gaddafi’s widow Safia has also urged the UN to investigate how her husband was killed at the hands of the rebels in the former dictator’s home city of Sirte.

Gaddafi`s surviving family, who are in exile, has asked that the corpses be handed over to tribal kinsmen from Sirte.

NTC officials are reportedly trying to arrange a secret resting place to avoid loyalist supporters making it a shrine.

ANI