By Maha Ellawati.
Benghazi, 4 December:
The former diplomat and anti-Qaddafi dissident Mansour Rashid Kikhia was formally laid to rest in his hometown . . .[restrict]of Benghazi, yesterday, the same day as he was born.
Held in Tahrir Square, the funeral was attended by several high-profile figures including Prime Minister Zeidan, Chief of Staff Mangoush, members of Congress, members of the Benghazi Local Council and a number of former colleagues from the National Democratic Alliance Party, founded by Kikhia back in 1986.
As with the gathering in Tripoli the previous day, members of Kikhia’s family also attended the service, including his brother Mahmoud.
Kikhia was assassinated by the Qaddafi regime in 1996 after he was kidnapped in the Egyptian capital, Cairo on 10 December 1993.
His remains were found on 24 November 2012 in a private villa in Tripoli based on information received from Abdallah Sanussi, Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief. The remains were confirmed as being his after a sample from the corpse was sent for analysis at a laboratory in Sarajevo.