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Gaddafi's Widow Wants Dictator's Body Back
The widow of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has demanded that the United Nations and the European Union help her recover the remains of her husband and their son Mutassim.
In a letter published on the website of Voice of Russia radio on the second anniversary of the deaths, Safiya Gaddafi also called on the African Union to investigate their deaths.
Gaddafi and his son were captured and killed by rebel fighters on October 20, 2011, during the uprising that toppled his 40-year-old regime.
Their bodies were displayed in the port of Misratah and then buried in a secret desert location.
"All the members of the UN Security Council, the European Union and everyone who has direct or indirect connection with this murder must tell where the remains of these martyrs are and allow their relatives to bury them in a proper way," she wrote in the letter.
The widow also demanded that the African Union launch an investigation into the killings, and appealed to the international community to help her contact her son Saif al Islam, who was captured by rebels in November 2011 in southern Libya.
"I demand that the world community should help me to come in touch with my son Saif al Islam, who has been isolated from all members of our family from the moment of his arrest," she wrote.
He has been held by a group of former rebels in the western Libyan town of Zintan since his capture, and is awaiting trial over his alleged role in trying to suppress the 2011 uprising.
He appeared in court in Libya last month accused of breaching national security. He is also expected to face war crime allegations.
Mrs Gaddafi and three of the former dictator's children - Aisha, Hannibal and Mohammed - fled to Algeria in August 2011 as rebel forces seized Tripoli, before part of the family was granted asylum in Oman this year.
Another of Gaddafi's sons, Saadi, fled to Niger in September 2011.
Mutassim and another two of Gaddafi's sons were killed in the 2011 conflict - Saif al Arab died in a Nato air strike, and Khamis was killed in fighting in August that year.