Gadhafi Aide: Moussa al-Sadr was 'Liquidated' in Libya

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Revered Lebanese spiritual leader Moussa al-Sadr, who went missing in Libya in 1978, was "liquidated" at the time, a former aide to Moammar Gadhafi said Wednesday.

The fate of the Iranian-born Shiite cleric has been unknown since he vanished during a trip to Libya aimed at negotiating an end to Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.

Ahmed Ramadan, one of the most influential people in Gadhafi's entourage, said Wednesday on Al-Aan television that al-Sadr disappeared following a meeting with the late Libyan dictator soon after arriving in Tripoli.

"I bear witness that (Sadr) came... he arrived in Libya," Ramadan said on the Dubai-based channel, adding the meeting had lasted for two and a half hours.

Two officials then "took the guests," including the cleric and those who accompanied him, and "100 percent, what we heard is that he was liquidated," said Ramadan.

Ramadan said it was "possible" that Gadhafi had given the orders for Sadr to be killed because after the meeting, "He said: 'Take him'."

He said he received the information from "some sources at the time" as well as from one of the three officials involved who had since died, and that his statements could be corroborated by "complete files."

The remains of the cleric, who would have been 83 in April, were likely to be located in either Janzur, a suburb east of Tripoli, or the southern region of Sabha, he said.

Officially invited to Libya, he arrived there on August 25, 1978, with two companions Sheikh Mohammed Yacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddin. They were seen for the last time on August 31, 1978.

His disappearance had been a source of tension between Lebanon and the Gadhafi regime, which always maintained that the cleric had left Libya for Italy.

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Moammar Gadhafi, reportedly confirmed to a Lebanese woman, closely associated with the Lebanese-Syrian security apparatus that controlled Lebanon until 2005, that Imam Moussa al-Sadr had been killed in 1978 at an order from his father, revealed the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper.

Arab sources told the newspaper that the woman, whose identity was not revealed, met Seif al-Islam in Athens in August 2010 to discuss the fate of the disappeared Imam.

The sources said that the meeting was not held until the Libyan official made sure, through a third party, that the woman speaks on behalf of the Sadr family in order to put an end to the dispute over the fate of the Shiite cleric and his colleagues.

Seif al-Islam confirmed that Sadr and his two companions were killed in Libya in 1978 shortly after meeting with Gadhafi, said the sources.

There is no hope in finding their remains and reports that they are still alive are not true, continued Seif al-Islam, they added.

He held his father responsible for the “execution” of Sadr and his companions, revealing that he decided “to get rid of them” a few days after being arrested by Gadhafi, stated the sources.

According to an indictment against Gadhafi issued by Lebanese authorities, Gadhafi ordered Sadr to be "taken away" after the pair got into a heated argument.

Abdel Moneim al-Honi, a former colonel who took part in the 1969 coup that brought Gadhafi to power, revealed in February that Gadhafi had ordered Sadr killed during his visit and that the cleric was buried in the southern region of Sabha.

Gadhafi was killed in his hometown of Sirte on October 20 after an eight-month armed rebellion inspired by a wave of pro-democracy protests that swept the Arab world.

Comments 14
Default-user-icon Michel Hobeika (Guest) 09 November 2011, 22:23

To those who think he was peaceful: If he was so peaceful then why did he not only cooperate with hafez el asad but he took direct orders from him? He was syrias man. Moreover he is iranian. His relative was sent by iran to iraq to form the sadr militia and he was sent to lebanon where he founded amal. This man was not peaceful. He was actually the founder of the "resistence" that we see today in the form of hezballah and amal militias. Had he been alive then he would have been allied with hezballah. I dont see how anyone of you can call him peaceful. This is ignorance. Your glorifying a man who with out any doubt would have been your enemy had he been alive. May i remind you again that he was sent by iran? Do a search on the sadr militia in iraq and you will find his brother or cousin as the leader. Moreover mousa sadr is the devil who made a fatwa declaring alawites to be muslim, as per the request of hafez al asad. Just to remind u of how he took orders from al asad.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 09 November 2011, 23:21

The Hezz should realize that this is what the ASSad family did to thousands of Lebanese.

Default-user-icon Zinco (Guest) 10 November 2011, 01:57

Michel, you have forgotten that Iran was under the shah at the time. He was working towards an understanding between shiia and the west. His disappearance caused the opposite. Sadr was a man of peace.

Thumb shab 10 November 2011, 02:09

Who cares about this or other bearded Iranians?

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Thumb mrbrain 10 November 2011, 05:35

The one who didn't participate in the sectarian massacres is a peaceful man...The leaders who participated are Killers like Mr Jumblat & Mr Geagea...
The one who strived to keep the Lebanese unified is a peaceful man..The others who created sectarian groups are criminals....
The one who has a mission to protect his countrymen and the truth is a peaceful man …the others who use the truth for their own interests are destroyers
This is my definition of peaceful

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 10 November 2011, 09:33

Seif el Islam the glorious offspring of the colonel should replace Hassounah as the head of the Hizb mafia. They're so similar in their tactics and approach, the Hizb will definitely learn a few more tricks from him, which he can then pass on to their star associates in crime, Syria and Iran..

Default-user-icon Michel Hobeika (Guest) 10 November 2011, 13:23

Zinco, don't kid yourself. Shah or no shah, the khomeinis were still active in iran. Do you think its a coincidence that an iranian family splits between lebanon and iraq where they both set up secterian militias? Are you also denying that this man was one of the right hands of hafez el asad? And if you believe he was trying to improve relations between shiites and the west which at that time were not even all that damaged, then why did he support resistance against israel? He is no diffirent than hezballah and amal which he founded. They too want good relations with the west sp did hafez el asad and bashar el asad.

Default-user-icon Michel Hobeika (Guest) 10 November 2011, 13:27

Mr no brain, who is more secterian than amal and hezballah? This devil founded amal and it was his crew within amal ie. people like him that founded hezballah which is a spin off of amal.. Who are u trying to kid? Amal has murdered thousands and thousands based on secterian reasons.

Default-user-icon Maykil Sargon (Guest) 10 November 2011, 13:37

Mansour, not only are you an extremist rejected by jesus but your also a liar. Maronites were the first to take up arms and it was marontes who comitted the worst of all massacres. You keep blaming others all the time but it will not change the fact that you started the civil war, not all maronites but people with your mentality who didnt shy away from massacring your own kind if they didnt agree with you. Dont speak in the name of christians because as an orthodox i can tell you that we have suffered a lot from you and what you accuse others of doing is exactly what you did to orthodox. Dont turn yourself in to a saint because you used to cut of the genitals and ears of muslim. You raped children and women, carved in crosses on old mens bodies and other horrible crimes that nobody has comitted in lebanon before you. People lile you are a shame upon christianity. You dont even sound like a christian. You pray for evil, this prooves ur from satan.

Default-user-icon shiite (Guest) 10 November 2011, 14:22

the fact that sadr he was diametrically opposed to the khomeini's view of shiism is widely documented even before the iranian revolution he would have been a formidable foe to the so called hizballah's archaic backward ideology

mcbrain, sadr headed amal it's militia participated in the war and supported the plo and it's sectarianism massacred especially during the first two years of the war in south lebanon

Thumb thepatriot 10 November 2011, 16:20

We all know a friend, a family member, a story, about a christian tortured by a druze, about a syrian slaughtered by a maronite, about a sunni killed by a shiaa, etc... Not one sect was better than the other. We all have a suffering towards syrians, or palestinians, or LF, or Amal, etc...
Whta's the point? It was the war. It was disgussting, and there was rivalry in the abomination.

Default-user-icon مواطن (Guest) 10 November 2011, 23:34

الذي انتحل شخصية الصدر سفير ليبيا في ذلك الزمن

Missing mansour 11 November 2011, 09:04

Praise Be to God .Amen