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Monday, 25 May, 2009

WHY THE RUSH TO BURY: Where's the Autopsy?

By: Ghoma

        The deaths this past week of two prisoners of conscience in the dungeons of the Libyan Regime and the rush with which both were hurriedly buried should raise some troubling questions about how the regime deals with its critics not only while they were living but also when they’ve passed on. The two political prisoners didn’t die peacefully in their beds. They’ve died while in custody inside the regime’s prisons. Thus, both of their remains should have been delivered to a third neutral party of impeccable credentials to verify, as most as could be ascertained, the cause(s) of death, diseases suffered, signs of mistreatments, etc. Instead what did the regime do None of what commonsense would have suggested. They’ve hurried buriying them. Was that in reverence to custom or out of fear?

        The two fighters are still haunting their killers. The regime’s rush to bury its mistake(s) has only added to the always increasing suspicions of atrocious nature of the regime’s Gulags. For these are more and more becoming deathtraps for whoever dares to criticize the regime and ends up inside them. The Libyan tyranny has lost all its figs leaves and started behaving just like any other tyrannies, terror pure in your face. All that talk about Revolution, Liberation, etc. went down the drain, like any hogwash, and what remains is only a power- and otherwise-hungry family that wouldn't hesitate to kill whoever it perceives threatens its grip on power and wealth.

        The way the regime has rushed them to burial will be an albatross hanging on its incompetence and moral blindness. The Libyan regime’s disregard to do what was appropriate in this case was another indication to how guilty it must feel. For the death of two fighters inside any prison system is a tragedy that shouldn’t pass without notice. It must raise a million red flags form what kind system it’s to what treatment it metes its detainees, etc. Only those who fear the truth will hurry to bury its probes. No pretense of custom, Religion, or family would justify not conducting an autopsy by an authoritative institution. If for no other reasons, the two individuals had become public figures and inhabited public domain, and as such their bodies must have been subjected to the scrutiny of what the public expects.

        Condolences for fighters should not be occasions to celebrate their lives, that’s history and biographies’ tasks, nor to shed tears, but rather to ask for their lives come to a closure by demanding from those responsible of handling their remains to do the right thing. It’s to continue their struggle by way of doing everything possible to accelerate the day when their killers will be brought to justice. Thus demanding what will be needed to prove the guilt of whoever committed the crimes, beyond the shadow of doubt, is an important task. Time rolls but the memories will remain whether of circumstances or of a pathologist report.

        The autopsy is still possible. The regime must do it as soon as possible, if it intends to exonerate itself from the blood, so far, has no other shedders, except its own hands. It’s for history’s sake. For courageous fighters who dedicate their lives to a cause are not every day run-of-the-mill individuals but rather are rare phenomena who come on their own pace and leave when their time comes. Thus Libyans should demand to know what fate(s) those who took the banner of freedom on their behalf had encountered, what caused their deaths, and who caused them. It’s the least any freedom fighter can do and the right thing for the opposition to demand.


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