Gaddafi spent last days ‘scavenging for food’

Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi spent his final weeks scavenging for food and hiding in abandoned houses in Sirte, one of the leader’s top security official has revealed.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 11:55 AM IST

Tripoli: Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi spent his final weeks scavenging for food and hiding in abandoned houses in Sirte, one of the leader’s top security official has revealed.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Mansour Dao, a surviving member of Gaddafi’s clan, said the Libyan dictator survived on scraps of food he found in deserted houses and became engrossed in reading books that he had stacked in his suitcases.

According to Dao, Gaddafi, who had enjoyed great riches and luxurious palaces during his reign, lived without electricity or TV in his last weeks as the rebels advanced.

Speaking from a detention facility in Misrata, Dao described Gaddafi’s ‘unpredictable’ behaviour as the fighters advanced on the city, and how he hatched a plan to flee to his birthplace, Jaref, a village 20 kilometers west of Sirte.

“He was very worried and erratic – this could be because he was afraid. He wanted to go to his village, maybe he wanted to die there or spend his last moments there,” the Daily Mail quoted Dao, as saying.

Dao also admitted that he regretted being part of Gaddafi’s regime.

“Sometimes I regret everything, I have even regretted being alive, of course a person has regrets at a time in his life and looks back, but unfortunately you sometimes regret when it is too late,” the paper quoted him, as saying.

Dao, who is known as the ‘black box’ of the despot’s regime for his intimate knowledge of some of Libya’s darkest secrets, is facing charges relating to his alleged role in the Abu Salim prison massacre of 1996.

He is also facing charges for his role in the hiring of African mercenaries during the downfall of the regime. (ANI)