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Fri Oct 31 13:19:56 SAST 2014

Gaddafi should have been captured: Zuma

Sapa | 21 October, 2011 15:17
Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi adjusts his glasses at the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island in this September 27 2009 file photo.
Image by: Carlos Garcia Rawlins / REUTERS

President Jacob Zuma says slain former Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi should not have been killed but captured and tried at the International Court of Justice.

Zuma was addressing a joint media briefing with Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday.

"I understand there was war in Libya. In a war situation, people die, people are captured," he said.

"We expected him to be captured, given that everybody knew there was a warrant of arrest issued against him."

Zuma said it was difficult at this moment to pass a clear judgment as there were conflicting reports on what led to the killing of Gaddafi on Thursday.

Mbasogo, the current chairman of the African Union, said the continental body led several efforts "to persuade Colonel Gaddafi to cease power peacefully, but he refused".

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