A LIBYAN revolutionary fighter has bragged in a leaked video that he was the man who killed that country’s despotic former ruler, Colonel Moammar Gaddafi. The young man, who is pictured but has not yet been identified, said he killed the fallen dictator because he could not bear the thought of taking him alive.
‘We grabbed him,’ the fighter says in the video. ‘I hit him in the face. Some fighters wanted to take him away and that’s when I shot him, twice: in the face and in the chest.’
To prove the video’s authenticity, the fighter then flaunts what appears to be Gaddafi’s bloodstained shirt, before brandishing a gold ring he says he took from the despot’s lifeless finger. The sensational claims come as the clearest and most graphic video yet of Gaddafi being savagely beaten in the wake of his capture has emerged online.
The video shows the bloodied dictator after he had been hauled from his hiding place in Sirte, his hometown, being kicked and punched by his captors. To shouts of ‘Allahu akbar’, and with the sounds of assault rifle fire in the background, the men manhandle the profusely bleeding Gaddafi across a patch of wasteland and into a waiting truck.
At the beginning of this second film there is a digitally animated ident proclaiming it to be the work of Freedom Group TV. According to the group’s Facebook page, they are a ‘group of citizen journalists [whose] mission is to let the world know what is happening in Libya.’