Early this morning, Libya's National Transitional Council buried former leader Moammer Gadhafi—as well as his son Mutassim and ex-defense minister Abu Bakr Younis—in an undisclosed location somewhere in the Libyan desert. According to Al Jazeera, "the Gaddafa tribe had asked for the bodies to be delivered to them and to be buried in Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown on the Mediterranean coast, in accordance with his will, but this request was refused." Reporter Hoda Hamid explained, "The NTC did not want the grave to become a shrine, so tribe members were allowed to pray over the body before it was buried, and then NTC commanders took his body into the unknown location in the desert and buried it."
Gadhafi was killed last week after a raid in Surt and his body was put in a meat freezer until there were agreements about how to bury his body, as well as concerns over how he was killed. Apparently Gadhafi had to be buried soon because NTC officials kept opening the freezer door to show his body and the body started to decompose. The NY Times reports, "Ibrahim Beitalmal, a senior official on the council, said relatives of the three men were permitted to attend the funeral, including a nephew of Colonel Qaddafi, Mahmoud Hamid. Cellphone photos of the ceremony showed three bodies shortly before the burial, wrapped in white shrouds in coffins of thin wood."
While it's known that Gadhafi was shot in the head, he was apparently tortured in his final moments, which were caught on tape. The Washington Post gives insight as to why no one in Libya is all that phased by all the viral and violent cellphone videos, "Like other leaders toppled in the Arab Spring uprisings, Gaddafi was despised as a corrupt authoritarian ruler. But he was viewed here as more cruel and capricious than the presidents of Egypt or Tunisia, a man who would suddenly nationalize companies or hang dissident students—and force their classmates to watch."