Libyan Rebels: Suspected Corpse of Imam Moussa Sadr Found


by Naharnet Newsdesk (Submitted by Franklin Lamb)


The corpse of missing Imam Moussa al-Sadr was found among a number of corpses in the Libyan town of Tarhuna, reported al-Hurra television.

The Kuwaiti al-Qabas newspaper had reported that 3,715 corpses were found in a freezer in Libya, one of them was that of Sadr.

Contacts were made to verify the report and a Lebanese delegation will be sent to Tripoli to follow up on the matter, said the newspaper.

Regarded by Lebanon’s Shiites as a key spiritual guide, Sadr vanished, amid mysterious circumstances and was last seen in Libya where he was invited by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

At the time, Sadr was trying to negotiate an end to the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), in which Palestinian factions were involved.

(Video from one week ago when there was hope the Imam was still alive)

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Gadhafi was believed to be shipping weapons to the Palestinians and other groups and Sadr, according to reports, was hoping to convince the Libyan leader to refrain from stoking the unrest in Lebanon.

But his visit to Tripoli along with two aides, Mohammed Yacoub and Abbas Badreddine, took a sour turn after he got into a heated argument with Gadhafi who ordered that the three men be “taken away,” according to an indictment against the Libyan leader issued by Lebanese authorities.

Libyan authorities have stated that the three officials left Tripoli to Italy, who after conducting an investigation in the matter denied the claims.

In 2004, the passports of Sadr and Yacoub were found in a hotel in Rome.

In August 2008, Lebanon issued arrest warrants against Gadhafi and some of his aides, accusing them of kidnapping Sadr and his companions.

Relations between Libya and Lebanon have been at a low point since the cleric’s disappearance, which dealt a heavy blow to the Shiite community.