Lebanese prosecutor urges arrest warrant against Libyan leader

August 10, 2008

TEHRAN – Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza has called on the Lebanese judiciary to issue arrest warrants against Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi as well as 11 other Libyan officials charged with kidnapping Imam Musa al-Sadr, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on its website Friday.

Al-Sadr was an Iranian-born Lebanese philosopher and a prominent Shia religious leader who spent many years of his life in Lebanon as a religious and political leader.
In August 1978 al-Sadr with his two companions departed for Libya to meet officials from Qaddafi government. Al-Sadr and his companions were never heard from again. It is widely believed that he was killed by Qaddafi.
Libya has consistently denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy. Some others have reported that al-Sadr remains secretly in jail in Libya.
According to the Al-Hayat newspaper, Lebanese Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza has concluded his investigations into the abduction of al-Sadr and has urged Investigating Magistrate Samih al-Hajj to issue arrest warrants for Qaddafi and some other Libyan officials over al-Sadr’s disappearance.
Lebanon’s Shia Higher Council earlier issued a statement calling on the Lebanese government to prioritize investigations into the disappearance of the cleric