The funerals took places in Tripoli’s Martyrs Square on Friday of six of the 16 of Qaddafi’s victims whose bodies were . . .[restrict]found in a secret room in Tripoli’s morgue on August 30 last year.
Some had been executed following the 1984 attack on Qaddafi’s base at Bab Al-Aziziya, others in the 1990s. Their bodies were kept on ice by a dictatorship that was frightened to bury them and so bring their stories and its deeds out into the open.
Over 1,500 people attended the service to give a last dignified farewell and to salute men who had paid with their lives for opposing Qaddafi’s regime.
The bodies of the six were afterwards to taken to the cemetery at Suq Al-Juma and other cemeteries for burial.
The six were: Mohamed Abdullah Al-Qaqriu (also known as Abdullah Rawan), born in 1963, from Tripoli; Abdulzaraq Ali Khaifa Al-Tarhuni (aka Abu Ayman), born 1966, from Tripoli; Mohamed Abubakr Hussein Al-Thani (aka Yousef Al-Bukhari) from Tripoli; Mustafa Al-Nuwairi, born 1953, from Sorman; Fathi Sulaiman Omran Al-Sariti, born 1972, from Misrata; and Mohamed Ali Zakaria (aka Abu Al-Shahuda), born 1963, from Nalut.
Not all the bodies in the morgue have been identified.
When they were discovered last year they were still frozen but unrecognisable, blackened and dried out. DNA samples were taken from the remains and from families who believed that the morgue might contain their loved-ones whom Qaddafi had killed but whose bodies had never been handed over. However, not all matched.
The doctor who carried out the testing has said that new samples will have to be taken.