The once iron-fisted dictator appeared terrified and begging for his life as a mob surrounded him and punched him repeatedly leaving his face covered in blood.
The footage, running just over two minutes, was taken Thursday moments after a NATO air strike hit Khadafy’s convoy on the outskirts of his hometown Sirte.
Libya’s news organization Freedom Group released the video just hours after the country’s transitional leader set off celebrations in the streets of Tripoli by declaring “liberation.”
Khadafy is not shown being killed in the video, but fighter after fighter is seen using his face and head as a punching bag while screaming at him in Arabic and firing machine guns in the air.
Islamic Sharia law, a controversial code for living that governs observant Muslims’ lives, will be the “basic source” of legislation from now on, said Abdul-Jalil.
Existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam will be nullified, he said.
“We are now united. We have become brothers in love,” Abdul-Jalil said during the celebration in Benghazi, as a crowd waved red, black and green flags. “This revolution was looked after by God to achieve victory.”
Leaders will form an interim government within a month, Abdul-Jalil said, in anticipation of elections to put a new parliament in place. The country will also set up new Islamic banks that ban charging interest.
Handing over the Lockerbie bomber should be high on the new government’s priority list, Secretary of State Clinton said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I will raise it with the new Libyan government,” she said. “We want to see him returned to prison, preferably in Scotland, where he was serving the sentence. But if not, elsewhere, because we thought it was a miscarriage of justice that he was released from the sentence that had been imposed for the ghastly bombing of Pan Am 103.”
President Obama also weighed in.
“The Libyan authorities should also continue living up to their commitments to respect human rights, begin a national reconciliation process, secure weapons and dangerous materials, and bring together armed groups under a unified civilian leadership,” Obama said in a statement.
Meanwhile, an autopsy confirmed the Khadafy’s life ended with a bullet to the head. It is still unclear, however, under what circumstances Libya’s former despot received the fatal head wound on Thursday.
Libya’s chief pathologist, Dr. Othman al-Zintani, said only that Khadafy died from a shot to the head, according to Reuters. He would not disclose further details or elaborate on the dictator’s final moments, saying he would first deliver a full report to the attorney general.
“He died because of a gunshot wound. It is obvious,” the doctor said. “There are still several issues. We have to pass [the report] to the prosecutor general. But everything will be revealed publicly. Nothing will be hidden.”
The United Nations is investigating Khadafy’s death. But Libyans who endured Khadafy’s 42-year reign do not appear to be mourning his demise.
“If [Khadafy] was taken to court, this would create more chaos, and would encourage his supporters,” Salah Zlitni, 31, who owns a pizza parlor in downtown Tripoli, told The Associated Press. “Now it’s over.”