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Mansour says Mauritania visit may provide no answers about Sadr’s fate

Mansour and the Lebanese delegation meet Mauritanian officials. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said Monday that there was no guarantee that the Lebanese delegation sent to Mauritania to question a senior Libyan official would uncover the fate of Imam Musa Sadr, who disappeared more than three decades ago.

Mansour told Al-Manar television station that despite the ongoing efforts to reveal the whereabouts of Sadr, it was not certain that questioning Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanousi would allow them to reach a conclusion.

Sources told the station, however, that questioning of Moammar Gadhafi’s intelligence chief would likely reveal important facts about the imam’s disappearance.

Mansour, along with Lebanese judge Hassan Shami and General Director of Emigrant Affairs Haytham Jomaa, met Monday with a number of Mauritian officials as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the Sadr mystery.

Since the uprising in Libya, conflicting reports on Sadr’s fate have emerged. Some have claimed that Sadr’s body was found in Libya, but Lebanese officials have dismissed such reports until there is proof is of his death.

Sanousi, who was considered one of Gadhafi’s closet aides, was detained in Mauritania after he fled following the ouster of Gadhafi.

“We are still cautiously optimistic about getting information about Sadr’s disappearance from the [former] chief of Libyan intelligence Abdullah al-Sanousi,” a source told The Daily Star.

According to the source, the Mauritanian officials have been very cooperative with the Lebanese delegation, which hopes to get Sanousi to speak.

Sadr, the founder of the Shiite Amal Movement now headed by Speaker Nabih Berri, went missing along with Sheikh Mohammad Yacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine during a visit to Libya in 1978.

Berri and Shiite religious leaders have accused Gadhafi of being behind the cleric’s disappearance.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 04, 2012, on page 3.

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