‘Gaddafi`s son shown speaking with Libya captors’

In the brief video, Mo`tassim repeatedly wiped his bloodied nose and dabbed other wounds with a tissue.

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 12:31 PM IST

Cairo: Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi`s son Mo`tassim was shown in video footage broadcast on Sunday smoking, nursing wounds and making dismissive remarks to his captors, apparently shortly before his death last week.

The bearded Mo`tassim was shown in a bloodied white vest and with red stains on his trousers, sitting on a mattress on the floor of a room, in footage broadcast by the Syrian-based Arrai TV channel, which backed Gaddafi.

In the brief video, he repeatedly wiped his bloodied nose and dabbed other wounds with a tissue. He pointed out the wounds to the camera.

Arrai has carried a black strip in the top corner of its screens as a symbol of mourning since the death of Muammar Gaddafi, who was also shown bloodied but alive on Thursday with his captors shortly before he was killed in chaotic circumstances.

Mo`tassim was announced dead the same day. Images broadcast until now had shown only his corpse in a white vest.

"Drink water and raise your head. The days of luxury are over," a soldier in green Army fatigues said to him. "God is greatest and thank God, this is Mo`tassim Gaddafi," the soldier said, apparently addressing viewers. Other soldiers were in the room.

Mo`tassim`s comments were not very clear but the anchorwoman for the channel said he told one of the soldiers: "I don`t speak to teenagers. What is your name?"

The soldier replied, in comments that were clearer for viewers to hear: "You will soon see, you dog." He did not elaborate.

Gaddafi`s son did not appear nervous. At one point, he was shown puffing on a cigarette and in another shot he drank from a blue transparent mineral water bottle. He also leant back on the mattress during the filming.

Bureau Report