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Witness says Moammar Khadafy was killed by his favorite “golden” gun

22 Oct

Libya — Moammar Khadafy was killed with his favorite golden pistol, a witness said, as Libya’s new rulers Saturday argued over what do with the former dictator’s remains and a key henchman appeared to escape.

Khadafy was carrying the golden pistol when he was captured by Transitional National Council (TNC) fighters in a sewage pipe outside his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, following a NATO airstrike on his convoy, an official told The (London) Times.

“Khadafy was first captured by rebels from the east,” the source said. “Then the Misrata group showed up to take him. The eastern rebels didn’t like this and the soldier pulled Ghadafi’s golden gun and shot him, telling the Misrata guys, ‘You can have him now’.”

The source hailed the young man who killed Khadafy a “Libyan hero,” adding, “We know who killed him. He’s a Libyan citizen, so we’ll protect him. He was under-age, so he can’t go to court anyway.”

The account differs from TNCs official version, which claims the 69-year-old former leader was shot in the head when he was caught “in crossfire” between his supporters and new regime fighters, soon after his capture.

Gruesome cell phone videos made by fighters and transmitted around the world appeared to show a captive Khadafy still alive, and then apparently dead.

It comes as the United Nations human rights office called Friday for an investigation into the circumstances of Khadafy’s death, saying it robbed his victims of a chance at “cathartic” justice in the courts.

Although TNC leaders said there would be in inquiry into Khadafy’s death, military commanders in Misrata said Saturday this would not involve a post-mortem.

As hundreds of curious onlookers queued up to see Khadafy’s body — which was put on display in a vegetable market freezer for a second day Saturday — Misrata military council spokesman Fathi al Bashaagha told AFP, “There will be no post-mortem today [Saturday], nor any day. No one is going to open up his body.”

It remained unclear Saturday what would happen to the former dictator’s body, with some suggesting that it should be returned to his tribe for burial in Sirte and others wanting to bury it in secret.

Meanwhile, Libya’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al Senussi surfaced in neighboring Niger after apparently fleeing through the desert after the fall of Bani Walid on Monday in the penultimate battle of the conflict.

“The presence of Abdullah al Senussi has been indicated in the far north of Niger,” near the border with Libya, a Niger government source told AFP.

Senussi was one of three Libyan officials that the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for on charges of crimes against humanity, along with Khadafy himself and his second son and longtime heir apparent, Saif al Islam.

Saif al Islam remained at large, with TNC officials believing he too may have fled to Niger.

#OccupyWallStreet protester who scaled 40-foot art exhibit brought down by NYPD

22 Oct

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An Occupy Wall Street protester who scaled a 40-foot-high (12.2-meter-high) steel art exhibit in Lower Manhattan early Saturday was brought down by cops at 9:13 a.m. He was taken to Bellevue for a psychiatric evaluation.

Earlier, he had said he would not come down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg has resigned, FOX News Channel reported.

The man is believed to be Dylan Spoelstra from Toronto. Hostage negotiators were talking to him more than two hours after he climbed the orange exhibit at the entrance to the group’s Zuccotti Park base.

Police and emergency medical service units were also on standby while the street was shut down, WABC reported.

Though maintaining a home base at Zuccotti Park downtown, protesters have taken their movement to points throughout the city, including Washington Square Park, City Hall and a tour of uptown buildings where some of the city’s richest businesspeople live.

“Fight Club” (Rikers Island Edition)

22 Oct

Two Rikers Island guards were quickly fired yesterday after pleading guilty to running a “Fight Club”-style disciplinary system that led to the 2008 fatal beating of 18-year-old inmate Christopher Robinson — but, by copping pleas, they avoided longer prison sentences.

Michael McKie is to get two years on Jan. 17, but he’s been in jail 21 months, so he’ll have just weeks left.

Khalid Nelson is to get one year.

Slain mother had won child custody

22 Oct

A Westchester housewife slain with her two kids by her deranged husband had already won custody of the children in the troubled couple’s contentious divorce, it was reported last night.

Amy Friedlander and lawyer-husband Sam were just days from their next court appearance when the dad — who still lived with his family — fatally beat his wife and gunned down his son and daughter before turning the shotgun on himself.

In a statement, the wife’s lawyers told the Journal News that physical custody of kids Molly, 10, and Gregory, 8, had been worked out “months ago.”

Obama vows Iraq pullout by year’s end

22 Oct

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WASHINGTON — President Obama announced yesterday that the United States would pull the remaining troops out of Iraq by year’s end, setting up another foreign-policy milestone to crow about just a day after the death of Moammar Khadafy in Libya.

“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

He even got a jump on Macy’s in ringing in the holiday season, saying, “Today, I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”

The president had hoped to keep a small contingent of US forces in Iraq but failed to secure legal protections for soldiers in talks with Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki — a fact that drew criticism from Republican hawks.

So the administration is removing the last troops — currently numbering 39,000 — on a timetable established by President George W. Bush in 2008. Obama said he and Maliki were in agreement after holding a teleconference.

Although he stopped far short of proclaiming, “Mission accomplished” — the phrase that haunted his predecessor during the Iraqi insurgency — Obama did trumpet his own foreign-policy successes on a week that saw the violent end of Khadafy’s 42-year rule.

“The tide of war is receding. The drawdown in Iraq allowed us to refocus our fight against al Qaeda and achieve major victories against its leadership — including Osama bin Laden,” the president said.

Nearly 4,500 US soldiers died in the Iraq war, which Obama pledged during his 2008 campaign for the presidency to bring to a conclusion.

“The last American soldier[s] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops,” he said. “That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney slammed Obama, saying his “astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women.

“The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government,” Romney continued.

Team Obama quickly shot back, quipping that “Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy experience is limited to his work as a finance executive shipping American jobs overseas.”

Obama said the United States and Iraq would now have a “normal relationship between sovereign nations” and an “equal partnership.”

Administration officials said up to 5,000 security contractors would remain behind to provide security for diplomats and facilities. About 160 soldiers would remain under State Department authority.

President Obama said yesterday the United States will pull the vast majority of its remaining troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, ending more than eight years of military intervention.

* US troops killed: 4,479

* Troops injured: More than 32,000

* Peak of deployment: 162,000 troops.

* Current deployment: 39,000

* Troops to remain: 150 for embassy security and defense attache’s office.

* Cost of the war: $757 billion

* US-led invasion began: March 2003

* Combat operations ended: August 2010

NYPD clerk busted in Fla. slay

22 Oct

An NYPD civilian employee and a man who allegedly killed a drug dealer in Miami Beach were arrested in Brooklyn yesterday, The Post has learned.

Michelle Lewis, 29, who resigned from her clerical duties at Police Headquarters, and Kevon George, 22, were pulled over in a Toyota Camry by US Marshals and NYPD officers in Crown Heights at around 6 p.m. Thursday, law-enforcement sources said.

The suspects were charged with murder and attempted robbery in the Florida attack.

On Oct. 13., the two Brooklynites allegedly drove down to the popular West Indian Carnival in South Beach, where they bought weed from a low-level drug dealer.

They soon wanted to buy more drugs and asked the dealer to put them in touch with a drug kingpin, whom George allegedly later shot to death, sources said.

NYPD blotter October 22, 2011

22 Oct

Manhattan

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Two well-dressed bandits made off with a bundle of pricey winter duds from an Upper East Side store.

The sticky-fingered duo entered Ralph Lauren’s flagship store on Madison Avenue near 70th Street at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday and stuffed nearly $3,300 worth of cashmere sweaters, knitted hats and a fur vest in their bags, cops said.

The man-woman shoplifting team fled from the store without paying for the designer spoils.

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A thug threatened a woman with a folding knife on the Upper East Side, cops said yesterday.

The 39-year-old victim told police a man followed her for six to eight blocks along Madison Avenue, then flashed his weapon and made a stabbing motion at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 12, authorities said.

The woman screamed and the man fled down 68th Street.

The suspect is described as about 30 years old and 5-foot-4. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, police sources said.

Queens

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A hoodlum robbed and assaulted a man in Woodside, authorities said.

Evans Castillo, 22, and a cohort jumped the victim on 56th Street near 33rd Avenue at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 1, said a spokesperson for DA Richard Brown.

The alleged perpetrator knocked the victim to the ground while an accomplice swiped the victim’s necklace, according to prosecutors.

Castillo fled in a getaway car but police caught up to him on Oct. 11. He was charged with robbery and assault.

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Police are asking the public for help in identifying the thug pictured here who allegedly swiped money from a food deliveryman in Astoria.

The bandit, wearing a black T-shirt and camouflage shorts, approached the 21-year-old man on Main Avenue near 8th Street at 10 p.m. on Aug. 26 and threatened him with a raised fist, police said.

He rifled the victim’s pockets, snatched $120 and fled on a bicycle, cops said.

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It wasn’t music to his ears.

A crook may be heading to the slammer after attacking a man for his headphones in Far Rockaway, cops said.

George Spigner, 20, allegedly wielded a knife and demanded the victim’s gear on Beach 97th Street near Rockaway Freeway at about 11 a.m. on Oct. 10, according to court papers.

The punk punched the victim, slashed his headphone wires and fled.

The victim was treated for minor injuries, police said.

Police nabbed Spigner the same day.

The Bronx

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A trio assaulted a man after robbing him of his cellphone in Williamsbridge, authorities said.

Isaiah Garrett, 21, allegedly ripped the phone from the victim’s hand on Rochambeau Avenue near East 208th Street Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

The victim tried to grab back his property and Garrett punched him in the face while Akeen Barnes, 24, and another accomplice pushed him to the ground, court papers state.

The beat-down continued, then the suspects fled. Barnes and Garrett were arrested the same day.

Staten Island

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A tire-slashing teen duo was flattened by cops in Arrochar, police said yesterday.

From Sept. 23 through Wednesday, they allegedly slashed the tires of 25 cars and SUVs in an area bounded by Kramer Street, Foch Avenue, Lamport Boulevard and Quintard Street.

Tiana Bello, 16, and Jesus Vazquez, 17, were spotted Tuesday at 9:05 p.m. hopping a fence into Saint Mary’s Cemetery on Parkinson Avenue.

Police recovered two knives from a bag they allegedly tried to discard. They were charged with criminal mischief, said a spokesman for DA Daniel Donovan.

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