Top Qaddafi foe to be buried 19 years later

Updated 03 December 2012
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Top Qaddafi foe to be buried 19 years later

TRIPOLI: Mansour Al-Kikhia, a staunch Libyan opponent of the ousted Qaddafi regime whose body was found in a morgue 19 years after his disappearance, will be buried today, his brother said.
Kikhia will be buried in his native city of Benghazi, said Mahmud Al-Kikhia, after his body was found in mid-October in a villa that once served as an intelligence headquarters of slain strongman Muammar Qaddafi.
Kikhia was “abducted in Cairo in 1993 by the former regime,” and his body was discovered in a morgue inside the villa in Tripoli in mid-October, he said.
Mahmud added that DNA analysis of Kikhia’s body matched those of his brothers and sons, and that ex-Qaddafi intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi, who is currently imprisoned by the country’s new authorities, acknowledged the dissident’s abduction and indicated the location of the body.
Libya’s new rulers were, meanwhile, on Sunday organizing a funeral ceremony to pay tribute to Kikhia, the foreign ministry in Tripoli said.
“The tyrannical regime (of Qaddafi) abducted the dissident Mansour Rashid Al-Kikhia, killed him, hid his body and did not bury it, proving that it was more afraid of him dead than alive,” a statement said.
Libyan authorities announced the discovery of the body last week.
Kikhia was a former foreign minister under Qaddafi and previously an ambassador posted to Paris, Algeria and the United Nations but in 1980 he joined opposition ranks against the former dictator.
During the 1990s, Qaddafi launched a campaign to kill opponents in various Arab and western countries qualifying his detractors as “stray dogs.”
Mahmud Al-Kikhia said there were traces of stab wounds on the chest of his brother and that a medical report will be prepared to explain the causes of death.
Mohammed Al-Mufti, Kikhia’s brother-in-law, who helped identify the body, said that Kikhia was imprisoned for four years before his death.


Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

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Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

BEIRUT: Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal.
Under the agreement, the rebels are allowed to move with their families to opposition-held areas in the country’s north, effectively surrendering their turf to Syrian government forces.
The state SANA news agency says the Army of Islam fighters and their families are leaving the town of Dumayr on Thursday. The report says 1,500 rebels and 3,500 of their next of kin are to leave Dumayr for the town of Jarablus, near the Turkish border.
Dumayr is in the Qalamoun mountains, near the eastern Ghouta region which came under full government control last week after a weeks-long offensive and an alleged chemical weapons attack.