BEIRUT: Hezbollah Friday blamed the Libyan governments that succeeded Moammar Gadhafi for neglecting the case of the missing Shiite Imam Musa Sadr.
“The crime of Imam Musa Sadr’s disappearance is the responsibility of the criminal that has committed it, whose page has been closed by history forever,” said the statement, in reference to the late Gadhafi.
“And [responsibility] also falls on the Libyan governments that succeeded the revolution in the country, who also have not taken any action yet,” added the statement, that was released prior to the 36th anniversary of Sadr’s disappearance.
Describing Sadr as the “Imam of resistance, dialogue, openness and moderation,” Hezbollah’s statement said his stands and principles were particularly needed nowadays.
“This tragedy is one of the saddest and most painful in the history of our nation and our people, because of the great oppression that first targeted the Imam and his two companions and then their nation, people, families and righteous causes,” the statement continued.
Sadr, the founder of Amal Movement - now headed by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri - went missing during a visit to Libya on Aug. 31, 1978, along with his two companions - Sheikh Mohammad Yacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine.
His disappearance caused a rift between Lebanon and the regime of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, which continuously denied any involvement in Sadr's disappearance, maintaining that he had left Libya for Italy.
Conflicting reports about Sadr’s fate circulated following Gadhafi’s downfall, with one report claiming Sadr was killed on Gadhafi’s orders and buried in a mass grave outside Tripoli.