As confusion continues over what to do with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's body, a will has emerged on his Web site, Seven Days News, indicating that the autocrat's last will was to be buried in his birthplace Sirte according to Muslim rituals.
According to reports, the copy of the testament was entrusted to three of his relatives. One was killed, the second was arrested and the third managed to escape.
In his will, Gadhafi urges his supporters to continue resistance. He added that despite many opportunities to sell out his cause and lead a stable life, he chose to fight as a badge of duty and honour.
Gadhafi also requested that his family be treated well after his death.
The English translation of the document reads as follows:
This is my will. I, Muammar bin Mohammad bin Abdussalam bin Humayd bin Abu Manyar bin Humayd bin Nayil al Fuhsi Gaddafi, do swear that there is no other God but Allah and that Mohammad is God's Prophet, peace be upon him. I pledge that I will die as Muslim.
Should I be killed, I would like to be buried, according to Muslim rituals, in the clothes I was wearing at the time of my death and my body unwashed, in the cemetery of Sirte, next to my family and relatives.
I would like that my family, especially women and children, be treated well after my death. The Libyan people should protect its identity, achievements, history and the honourable image of its ancestors and heroes. The Libyan people should not relinquish the sacrifices of the free and best people.
I call on my supporters to continue the resistance, and fight any foreign aggressor against Libya, today, tomorrow and always.
Let the free people of the world know that we could have bargained over and sold out our cause in return for a personal secure and stable life. We received many offers to this effect but we chose to be at the vanguard of the confrontation as a badge of duty and honour.
Even if we do not win immediately, we will give a lesson to future generations that choosing to protect the nation is an honour and selling it out is the greatest betrayal that history will remember forever despite the attempts of the others to tell you otherwise.