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Gaddafi Buried in Secret Grave

Riccardo De Luca / AP Photo

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi delivers a speech Thursday, June 11, 2009, in Rome, to Italian lawmakers. He was prevented from speaking inside the Italian Senate chamber as planned after opposition leaders balked at giving the strongman such a rare honor. Instead, Gadhafi spoke to the lawmakers in a lower-profile palazzo next door. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has lashed out at the United States by likening the 1986 U.S. strikes on Libya to Osama bin Laden's terror attacks. He also urged the world to understand the reasons that motivate terrorists. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The new Libyan government took the body of Muammar Gaddafi into the desert and buried it in a secret location at dawn on Tuesday. Gaddafi’s tribe, the Qaddafa, had asked for his corpse so he could be buried in his hometown of Sirte; the government, however, refused the request out of fear that the grave might become a shrine. Gaddafi’s corpse had begun to decompose after four days in a meat locker, which was ineffective due to the constant opening of the door. Meanwhile, the Global Post claims that a frame-by-frame video analysis shows that Gaddafi was sodomized by a knife or stick in the moments leading up to his death.