Lebanon seeks Gaddafi’s arrest over missing Shia leader

August 27th, 2008 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Beirut, Aug 27 (DPA) Lebanon has indicted Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi and is seeking his arrest for his alleged role in the disappearance of a Lebanese Shia leader in 1978, according to Lebanese radio Wednesday.Lebanese Shia leaders have long accused Libya of kidnapping Imam Musa al-Sadr and two of his aides during a visit to the North African country. Libya has denied such a charge on several occasions.

Lebanon’s public prosecutor said in August 2004 that he would open the investigation after looking into new evidence.

“We decided to accuse Moamer Gaddafi of inciting the kidnapping of Imam Musa al-Sadr,” radio stations quoted court documents.

Sadr was the founder of the Shia Amal Movement, from which the powerful Lebanese guerrilla movement Hezbollah later emerged.

Sadr was born in Iran in 1928 and migrated to Lebanon. He is widely believed to have been murdered.

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