UN rights office calls for Gaddafi death probe

The Geneva-based United Nations human rights office has called for an investigation into the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.

This content was published on October 21, 2011 - 11:41 and agencies

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said shaky amateur video footage showing a captured Gaddafi first alive, then dead, was "very disturbing".

"It is unclear how he died. There is a need for an investigation," Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva. 

Colville said that an existing UN panel investigating human rights abuses in Libya would likely examine the death. He said it might recommend a national or international probe.

Gaddafi was captured and killed during the fall of his hometown of Sirte on Thursday. There are conflicting reports about the exact circumstances of his death.

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