Muammar Qaddafi was living in an apartment in Sirte before his capture and was not found in a sewage pipe as alleged by Libya’s revolutionary fighters, according to his Internal Security chief, Mansour Daw, who was interviewed by Al Arabiya shortly after he was captured on Thursday.
Daw, who was living in Sirte along with other members of the top leadership of the former Libyan regime, said Qaddafi was not involved in the battles against National Transitional Council fighters. He said his son Motassim was in charge of the fighting.
During the final days of the battle of Sirte, Qaddafi and his aides holed up in “area two” of the city and stayed in different apartments of Qaddafi’s relatives who had abandoned the city, Daw said.
The former internal security chief said Qaddafi and everyone around him tried to flee Sirte on foot and in different groups after all their vehicles were destroyed by NTC fighters. He said he was hit by a shell fragment and fainted as he tried to escape and did not know whether it was at this point that Qaddafi tried to hide in a sewage pipe.
“After the fall of Tripoli, I went to Sirte where I found Qaddafi and I stayed with him,” Daw told Al Arabiya correspondent Ahmad Bagato.
He said that Qaddafi went to Sirte in August because he had a wide support base there. “In beginning he had supporters and loyalists there, but the fighting intensified a lot of them left the city.”
Dismissing reports that Qaddafi loyalists had used civilians as human shields, Daw said the former leader’s fighters had allowed civilians to leave the city and allowed food and medical supplies into the city.
During his time in Sirte, especially during his final days, Qaddafi showed signs of anxiety but “he was not afraid,” Daw said.