How did Muammar Gaddafi, this dictator who reigned over Libya for more than 40 years, find his death on October 20, 2011, several months after the fall of Tripoli? In 2011, the Libyan National Transitional Council claimed he was fatally injured in a crossfire. But several other theories have been raised over the years, including the intervention of foreign powers.
Alfred de Montesquiou, reporter for "Paris Match", is certain to know the scenario of Gaddafi's last hours. In the first episode of the "Paris Match Stories" podcast, produced by Europe 1 Studio, he goes into detail about his investigation carried out at the time in Libya, with first-rate witnesses, and a suspect we see on a photo, next to Gaddafi's corpse.
On October 20, 2011, Muammar Kadhafi was killed in Libya. But by whom and under what circumstances? In the first episode of the "Paris Match Stories" podcast, journalist Alfred de Montesquiou looks back on his incredible investigation into the alledged dictator's last hours. And on this young Libyan who changed the history of his country.
Alfred de Montesquiou: "During the month of October, the city of Sirte where he found refuge begins to fall into the hands of the rebels. On the night of October 19 to 20, Moatassem, the most radical son of Muammar Gaddafi, believes that he and his Praetorian Guard, an army of madmen drugged to the core, will no longer be able to resist.
The area he and his father are in is very small and the risk of being pulverized by a missile is tall. Moatassem suggests to his father a breakthrough in order to reach the desert. In the early morning of Thursday 20, they discreetly leave aboard 40 pick-ups and leave Sirte. But a drone spots them, fires a missile and wakes them up. rebels. A fight of incredible ferocity begins ".
In 2011, the Arab Spring spreads to Libya. The people revolt, the dictator must flee. When does his destiny really change?
This is the end of the dictator's run. Young rebels from the unit arrest him. And after having extirpated Gaddafi from a crowd of thirty people determined to lynch him, they install the prisoner in a small ambulance and take to the road. They want to bring him back to Misrata, their stronghold. To have captured the "Guide" is to secure immense prestige.
What did Muammar Kadhafi and his son Moatassem did to deserve this disaster?
A de M: "In the confusion, Moatassem lets go of his father. Abu Bakr, the head of Gaddafi's bodyguards, Mansour Daw, the head of his security, and a few bodyguards who have sworn to die for the Raïs, decide that it is necessary to flee the combat in the company of Gaddafi. But the group is trapped. After having traversed 140 meters, they see other rebels posted on an elevated road and try to hide in two irrigation pipes which pass Under this road, Abu Bakr sinks into one, Kadhafi into the other.
But it was above all another element that caught my attention in this same photo. We see a young rebel: Sana al-Sadek. His face is broken down with fear. It is bright red. We feel the terror in his eyes while around him everyone is happy. My conviction is that this young man of 19 present in the ambulance, furious at the idea that the Raïs could survive, shot him at the end however, two bullets in the solar plexus.
So what's the reason why is it so essential to know the real truth on Gaddafi's death?
“Immediately after the news of Gaddafi's death was announced, some wacky theories emerged. Some conspiratorial sites claimed that the Rais had been assassinated by the Qataris, others by the Saudis, by Gaddafi factions and even by the secret service Knowing the scenario of Gaddafi's last hours therefore makes it possible to sweep aside the idea of an extrajudicial execution on the orders of a democracy and in particular of France. It is important to know this for the stability of this region but also with regard to a certain notion of the right of interference."
In fact, this Sana al-Sadek released a video the next day on YouTube. He says in front of the camera: It’s me, I killed Gaddafi! As proof of his act, he shows off an enormous gold ring: the seal of command of Gaddafi. A ring that could only be removed from a dead man whose corpse is still hot. This confirms that Gaddafi was killed while in the ambulance by this young rebel Sana al-Sadek."
So after ghadaffi was put into the ambulance, was Gaddafi still alive at that time?
"Yes. When he gets into the ambulance, Gaddafi is injured, he has bruises, cuts, his temple is bleeding but he is alive. It is on board that he will be executed, about a hundred kilometers away. Misrata, several elements confirm this scenario to me but there are especially the photos taken by an American freelance photographer which corroborate this thesis.
On one image in particular, we see that Muammar Gaddafi is wearing a big bandage on his chest. the next day, I would find that this bandage corresponds exactly to two bullet holes of fairly large caliber, fired at close range, and that it is the fatal wound.￼
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