In an effort to solve the Hannibal Gaddafi case in Lebanon, the UN 40th Council recently addressed the need for justice. The International Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights held the Lebanese authorities and judiciary responsible for kidnapping Son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his concealment and arbitrary detention without legal support. Dr. Abdul Hameed Abbas Dashti addressed the issue.
Hannibal Gaddafi recently gave an interview to Sputnik:”I was kidnapped in Syria by an armed gang on 6 December 2015. I was illegally moved from Syria to the Bekka region of Lebanon; the kidnappers used the lane reserved for the military in order to prevent the Syrians from searching their car. I was held there for a week; they tortured me both physically and mentally in an attempt to force me to divulge information related to the 1978 disappearance of Musa al-Sadr and his two companions — Sheikh Muhammad Yaacoub, whose son orchestrated my kidnapping, and Abbas Badreddine. (Photo: Hannibal Gaddafi, AFP)
I’m being held in a Lebanese state security service prison. Since I arrived here, I’ve met with a judge who was in charge of the case of Musa al-Sadr’s disappearance, which happened when I was two years old. The case can be summed up as follows: in 1978, Musa al-Sadr went missing along with his two companions, Muhammad Yaacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine, during a visit to Libya.
In 1982 the case was submitted to the Lebanese Judicial Council. In 2008, my father, Muammar Gaddafi, was accused of kidnapping Musa al-Sadr and his companions.
However, since 1981, I was never a part of this case, neither as a suspect nor as a witness or the accused. Therefore, my detention has nothing to do with this case; I was detained simply because I’m the son of Muammar Gaddafi.
After I told the judge in charge of the case that I have no information related to Musa al-Sadr’s disappearance, I was accused of withholding information related to the case. The thing is, I was only two years old when these events transpired in 1978.”
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Three of Gaddafi’s nine children were killed during the “revolution” by the “rebels,” including Muotasim Bellah, who served as national security adviser to the country. The remaining six survived but are in different countries: al-Saadi imprisoned in Tripoli.
Hannibal detained in Libya, and Saif al-Islam whose whereabouts are not known. Libyan politician Suleiman al-Bayoudi expressed regret for “the absence of any role for the Libyan government in the arrest of Hannibal in Lebanon and its circumstances,” writes Asharq Al-Awsat.
In addition, Gaddafi’s wife, Safia Farkash, left for Algeria with her daughter Aisha, whereas, Mohammed, Gaddafi’s eldest son from his first wife Fathia, moved to Oman. Reports indicated that Hana, their adopted sister, most likely died during the US bombing of Tripoli in 1986, and was only 4-years-old back then, writes Asharq Al-Awsat.
In December 2015, Lebanese authorities detained him as part of an investigation into the disappearance of Imam Musa al-Sadr and two of his companions after a visit to Libya at the invitation of Muammar Gaddafi in 1978, at what point Hannibal was a small boy.
Member of Libya’s House of Representatives Mohammed al-Abani expressed his “respect” to the Lebanese judiciary, but said that blaming Hannibal for his father’s mistakes is “unjust and very arbitrary.”
In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Abani wondered how a person can be punished for the crime of a political system. He pointed out that at the time of the crime, Hannibal was just a child.
As for al-Saadi, Gaddafi’s family was informed by its lawyer that al-Saadi, who had been imprisoned in al-Hadabah since Niger handed him over in March 2014.
Yet, Sadiq al-Sour, head of investigations at the prosecutor’s office, explained that al-Saadi did not leave the prison. On April 3, al-Saadi’s lawyer, Mubaraka al-Tawergi, said that the court had cleared al-Saadi of charges related to the murder of the former al-Ittihad player and coach Bashir al-Riyani. Al-Saadi is still in prison even though the court had issued its verdict.
Khamis, Gaddafi’s seventh son, worked in the United States when the Libyan “revolution” erupted, but returned to Libya and was killed in August 2011. Also, Saif al-Arab, Gaddafi’s sixth son, was killed after returning from Munich on April 30, 2011.
Saif al-Islam had not been seen since Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade, in control of al-Zintan town, released him on June 11, 2017. As for Aisha, she has been put on the EU list of Libyan personnel whose bank accounts had been frozen and are banned from travelling.
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