Libyan President el-Megarif: Libya Apologizes for 'Lunatic Despot' Gadhafi


Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif took the podium and said he would like to apologize for the crimes committed by "the lunatic despot" former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed by rebels on Oct. 20, 2011. "The Libyan people are determined to build a state ... that respects its international commitments and human rights."

One of those trying to help Libya was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, el-Megarif said, calling him "a voice of reason and conscience." Stevens died along with three aides in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11.

"It was a loss for Libya as it was a loss for the United States. ... This catastrophe will only increase our solidarity to entrench the hopes and objectives in which Ambassador Stevens believed that we will defeat the terrorists who do not represent Islam."