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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Moammar Gaddafi buried in secret location at dawn

After spending four days in a meat locker in Misurata, the decomposing body of former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was buried at a secret location at dawn Tuesday.

Libyan people visit the body of slain former leader Moammar Gaddafi (R) inside a storage freezer Monday. (THAIER AL-SUDANI - REUTERS)
While the Gaddafa tribe had asked that he be buried in his hometown of Sirte, the government declined over fears the gravesite would become a shrine.

The burial comes amid fears that human rights abuses were committed against Gaddafi and loyalist fighters in the moments leading up to his death.

The Global­Post now has a frame-by-frame video analysis that makes a compelling argument Gaddafi may have been sodomized by a knife or stick just before he died.

Cellphone footage also shows revolutionaries punching and kicking him, and grabbing his hair.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the group sees a larger “trend of killings, looting and other abuses” by those who fought against Gaddafi. That includes the finding of 53 decomposing bodies believed to be Gaddafi loyalists in Sirte, some of them with hands bound. HRW says they may have been executed by revolutionary forces.

“The main problem is how to make the distinction between those who died during the very violent fighting over the last few weeks... and those who have been executed,” FRANCE 24’s Marine Olives reported Tuesday.

Following international pressure, the Transitional National Council has ordered a full investigation into the death of Gaddafi

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