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Gaddafi's body on display in store's freezer

Muammar Gaddafi's blood-streaked body was on display in a commercial freezer at a shopping centre as Libyan authorities argued about what to do with his remains and questions deepened over official accounts of the longtime dictator's death.

New video emerged of his violent, chaotic last moments, showing fighters beating him as they drag him away.

Nearly every aspect of Thursday's killing of Gaddafi was mired in confusion, a sign of the difficulties ahead for Libya.

The country's new rulers are disorganised, its people embittered and divided. But the ruling National Transitional Council said it would declare the country's liberation today, the starting point for a timetable that calls for a new interim government within a month and elections within eight months.

The top UN rights chief raised concerns that Gaddafi may have been shot to death after being captured alive. The fate of his body is tied up in squabbles among Libya's factions, as fighters from Misrata -- a city brutally besieged by Gaddafi's forces during the civil war -- claimed ownership of it, forcing the delay of his burial.

In Misrata, residents crowded into long queues to get a chance to view the body of Gaddafi, which was laid out on a mattress in an emptied-out vegetable and onions freezer at a local shopping centre.

The body had been stowed in the freezer in an attempt to keep it out of the public eye, but once the location was known, that intention was swept away in the desire of residents to see the man they so despised. Men, women and children filed in to take their picture with the body. Guards organised separate visiting hours for families and single men.

"We want to see the dog," some chanted.

hnews@herald.ie