Iran Majlis To Probe Imam Musa Sadr's Fate
Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:50 AM
Fri Aug 26, 2011
Iranian Majlis (parliament) is sending a team to Libya to investigate the fate of Lebanon's Shia cleric Imam Moussa al-Sadr who disappeared in Libya 33 years ago.
Javad Karimi Qoddousi, chairman of the committee investigating the situation of Sadr, says Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee is sending an investigation team to Libya.
“We need to contact Libyan revolutionaries who have been witness to martyrdom or presence of Imam Moussa Sadr in Libya,” he told Majlis official news agency, ICANA, on Thursday.
Qoddousi added that following the 'fall' of the Libyan fugitive ruler Muammar Gaddafi, Majlis is stepping up diplomatic efforts to clarify the fate of Imam Moussa.
“The investigation will be carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, both of which are important in determining the situation of Imam Moussa Sadr,” he went on to say.
Sadr, the founder of Lebanon's Amal movement, was a greatly popular and highly venerated Lebanese Shia cleric of an Iranian descent, who disappeared on Aug. 31, 1978 in a visit to Libya.
It is widely believed in Lebanon that the Shia cleric was kidnapped on the orders of senior Libyan officials.
Accompanied by two of his companions, Mohammed Yaqoub and Abbas Badreddin, Sadr was scheduled to meet with officials from the government of Gaddafi.
In 2008, Beirut issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi over Sadr's disappearance.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 02:00 PM
Lebanese Supreme Shiite Council probes Musa Sadr case
Following the death of former Libyan leader, Lebanese Supreme Shiite Council is to hold emergency meeting to probe Imam Musa Sadr's fate.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Following the death of former Libyan leader, Lebanese Supreme Shiite Council is to hold emergency meeting to probe Imam Musa Sadr's fate.
In its emergency meeting, Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, Deputy President of Lebanese Supreme Shiite Council, discussed the case in relation with a Libya after the death of its former ruler, Muammar Gaddafi.
Lebanese Supreme Shiite Council issued a statement and stressed the responsibilities of National Transitional Council (NTC) to take immediate measures on the case of Imam Musa Sadr.
The council also demanded Lebanese government to make use of all facilities for freedom of Imam Musa Sadr.
According to the Persian language Fars News Agency, last Sunday a high ranking delegation from Lebanon headed for Libya to investigate the case of Imam Musa Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Mohammad Yaghoub and Abbas Badreddin departed for Libya and disappeared in August 1978.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:18 AM
The committee in Lebanon officially tasked with investigating the fate of Imam Musa Sadr denied that the body recently found in Libya belongs to Sadr.
According to a report carried by Al-Intiqad Daily, the committee issued a statement on Saturday, June 23, rejecting the recent remarks by head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abdul Jalil.
Abdul Jalil earlier this week said that Imam Musa Sadr’s body and remnants of his clothes have been found in Libya.
“We have discovered a mass grave and believe Imam Musa Sadr’s body might be among the bodies found there,” he said.
The committee said while it believes Sadr is alive, at the request of the Libyan side, it took part in carrying out DNA tests to determine whether the claim that the body belongs to Sadr is correct.
According to the committee, the outcome of the tests proved to contradict the claim.
Imam Musa Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Muhammad Yaqub and Abbas Badreddin disappeared in Libya in 1978 during a visit to the country. There have been a lot of efforts to determine their fate in the past three decades, efforts that have intensified since the fall of the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
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