Calls increase for investigation of Gadhafi’s death

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“What I told the press several times … (is) that coroner says in the medical report that (Gadhafi) was already wounded, taken out, put in that truck and on the way to the field hospital there was crossfire from both sides,” Mr. Jibril said. It’s unclear whether the fatal bullet was fired by loyalists or revolutionary forces, he said.

The vast majority of Libyans seemed unconcerned about the circumstances of the hated leader’s death but rather were relieved the country’s ruler of 42 years was gone, clearing the way for a new beginning.

“If (Gadhafi) was taken to court, this would create more chaos and would encourage his supporters,” said Salah Zlitni, 31, who owns a pizza parlor in downtown Tripoli, the capital. “Now it’s over.”

Libya’s interim leaders are to formally declare later Sunday that the country has been liberated. The ceremony is to take place in the eastern city of Benghazi, the revolution’s birthplace.

The long-awaited declaration starts the clock on Libya’s transition to democracy. The transitional leadership has said it would declare a new interim government within a month of liberation and elections for a constitutional assembly within eight months, to be followed by votes for a parliament and president within a year.

The uprising against the Gadhafi regime erupted in February, as part of anti-government revolts spreading across the Middle East and North Africa. Neighboring Tunisia, which put the so-called Arab Spring in motion with mass protests nearly a year ago, has taken the biggest step on the path to democracy, voting for a new assembly Sunday in its first truly free elections. Egypt, which has struggled with continued unrest, is next with parliamentary elections slated for November.

Libya’s struggle has been the bloodiest so far in the region. Mass protests quickly turned into a civil war that killed thousands and paralyzed the country for the past eight months. Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte was the last loyalist stronghold to fall last week, but Gadhafi’s son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam apparently escaped with some of his supporters.

Mr. Jibril said Libya's National Transitional Council must move quickly to disarm former Libyan rebels and make sure huge weapons caches are turned over in coming days. The interim government has not explained in detail how it would tackle the task.

Associated Press writers Jamal Halaby in Southern Shuneh, Jordan, and Raphael G. Satter in London contributed to this report.

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