A LIBYAN refugee who lives in Huddersfield welcomed the death of Muammar Gaddafi last night.
Abdul Turki, who fled the dictator’s regime in 1975, said: “I’m very happy. It’s a relief that a dirty old man is gone forever.
“I think 95% of Libyans will be over the moon.”
Mr Turki, 56, was in the town centre yesterday lunchtime when a friend called to say Gaddafi had been caught. He rushed back to his Taylor Hill home to watch the breaking news.
“Initially we heard that Gaddafi had been captured and then we heard he had been killed,” he said.
“Then we saw the pictures of his body. I was happy that the news was true.”
Mr Turki believes Gaddafi may have been shot dead after he was captured.
He said: “The men who found him were from Misrata, which Gaddafi’s forces had besieged.
“Because of what happened in Misrata, I would maybe assume that they finished him off.”
Mr Turki went to Rusholme in Manchester last night for a celebratory meal with other Libyan exiles.
He believes that Gaddafi, who ruled Libya from 1969, could be remembered as worse than Hitler.
“They are finding mass graves with hundreds of bodies,” he said.
“When the truth comes out, Gaddafi may be known as the worst dictator ever – possibly even worse than Hitler.”
Mr Turki added: “The future of Libya is still not clear but I don’t think the people will accept dictatorship any more. I hope for democracy.”