Committee formed to pursue Imam al-Sadr’s fate: MP

March 9, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - MP Kazem Jalali announced on Tuesday that the Majlis National Security Committee has formed a special committee to pursue the case of Imam Musa al-Sadr, an Iranian-born Shia cleric who mysteriously disappeared in Libya in 1978.

Taking to reporters, Jalali said the decision was made at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday.
Jalali, who is the rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added, “Given the relevant documentation, it is obvious that the bloodthirsty regime of (Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi abducted Imam Musa al-Sadr and jailed him. He is alive and we are pursuing the release of Imam Musa al-Sadr.”
In August 1978, al-Sadr departed for Libya with two companions to meet officials of Qadhafi’s government. They were never heard from again, and many believe they met with foul play at the hands of Qadhafi.
In August 2008, Lebanon issued an arrest warrant for Qadhafi and 11 other Libyan officials, charging them with kidnapping al-Sadr. Qadhafi was also indicted for “inciting the abduction” of the senior cleric.
Libya has denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy in 1978. However, many believe that al-Sadr is still alive and is being held in a secret jail in Libya.
Hezbollah has also said Libya is first and foremost responsible for al-Sadr’s disappearance.