U.S. backs probe into circumstances of Gaddafi death

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 23, 2011 10:13 AM
U.S. backs probe into circumstances of Gaddafi death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the United States supports a possible U.N. investigation into the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"I would strongly support both a U.N. investigation that has been called for and the investigation that the Transitional National Council said they will conduct," Clinton told the NBC program "Meet the Press," referring to Libya's interim rulers.

"You know, I think it's important that this new government, this effort to have a democratic Libya, start with the rule of law, start with accountability," she said.

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has called for an investigation into the killing.

There is growing international disquiet about the chaotic scenes surrounding Gaddafi's apparent summary execution following the fall of his hometown of Sirte Thursday.

Libya's outgoing prime minister said on Sunday a bullet that hit Muammar Gaddafi's head may have been fired by one of his own guards during a shootout with government forces in his hometown of Sirte.

"So I view the investigation on its own merits as important but also as part of a process that will give Libya the best possible chance to navigate toward a stable, secure, democratic future," Clinton said.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Bill Trott)