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Lebanese delegation plans new visit to Libya over Sadr case

Shiite leader Imam Musa al-Sadr.

BEIRUT: A Lebanese delegation will head to Libya in about 10 days as part of ongoing efforts to uncover the fate of Imam Musa Sadr, a source close to the investigation told The Daily Star.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the trip was part of the continuing joint efforts by the Libyan and Lebanese authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Sadr.

Sadr, the founder of the 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.

The source said as part of their work the delegation might request questioning former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanousi.

A Lebanese delegation, headed by foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, paid a visit to Mauritania last month to question Sanousi, who was a key figure under the reign of late Moammar Gadhafi, over Sadr’s disappearance.

No crucial evidence was declared into the case following Sanousi’s interrogation and the source close to the investigation said the case required further time.

The Mauritanian authorities then handed Sanousi to Libya nearly five months after he was arrested for entering the country illegally.

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 said such reports are baseless.

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

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

 

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