UN human rights office “disappointed” Qadhafi didn't face his day in court

Rupert Colville

The United Nations human rights office says it's disappointed that Muammar Qadhafi won't face judicial proceedings over serious human rights violations committed in Libya during his 42-year rule.

The human rights office says it is not clear whether the late Libyan leader was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture.

Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says a thorough investigation into his death is needed.

"When there are such serious charges against people you always want to see them in court. And because of the rigorousness of court proceedings and what they require of the prosecution, it can be a very important element in a transitional justice situation that people get a clearer picture of what has happened, who was responsible for what, so it can be a rather cathartic exercise as well as being a fundamental tenet of rule of law."

OHCHR says its determined Qadhafi's associates are brought to trial.

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