London, Oct. 17 (ANI): A new video clip that has come into the possession of New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Libyan rebels of committing atrocities on former dictator Muammar Gaddafi and several of his loyalists when they were attacked in his hometown Sirte a year ago.
The 50-page report titled Death of a Dictator: Bloody Vengeance prepared by Human Rights Watch on alleged rebel abuses that followed the October 2011 capture of Sirte details the last hours of Gaddafi's life on October 20, when he tried to flee from the besieged city.
The long-time leader's convoy was struck by NATO missile as it tried to escape, and the survivors were attacked by militia from the city of Misrata. They captured and disarmed the dictator and his entourage, the Daily Express reports.
The New York-based group's report further says that a mobile phone video clip taken by militiamen shows a large number of Gaddafi loyalists being cursed and abused by the rebel militia.
Gaddafi was also "severely beaten by opposition forces, stabbed with bayonet in his buttocks, causing more injuries, and bleeding. By the time he is filmed being loaded into an ambulance half-naked, he appears lifeless", the paper said.
Peter Bouckaert, HRW emergencies director, said the group's "findings call into question the assertion by the Libyan authorities that Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a crossfire and not after his capture".
Gaddafi's son Muatassim was also videotaped alive and in captivity, only to have his body turn up at a mortuary in Misrata alongside his father's, it added. (ANI)