News ID: 35540
Publish Date : 14 January 2017 - 20:11
Gaddafi’s Son Tells Questioning Session:
BEIRUT (Dispatches) -- Hannibal Gaddafi, the son of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has accused former Libyan Prime Minister Abdel-Salam Jalloud of plotting the abduction of Imam Musa Sadr in 1978.
"I am ready to cooperate in the case," Hannibal reportedly said during a three-hour questioning session chaired by Investigative Judge Zaher Hamadeh on Friday, the local newspaper Al-Akhbar said on Saturday.
He said that he would contact "key figures who were in power in Libya at the time to end the case," on the condition of his immediate release.
Gaddafi said that his brother, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is in custody in Libya, Jalloud and his late brother Mutassim know the details of the operation.
Hannibal claimed that his "father was innocent."
Gaddafi said that Jalloud and former Libyan minister Musa Kusa, who are both still alive and reside in Europe, were involved in the abduction.
Jalloud was prime minister of Libya between 1972 and 1977, and operated alongside Muammar Gaddafi as second-in-command. He disappeared from public view in 1995, the last surviving leader of Libya’s 1969 September revolution.
Sadr, the founder of Lebanon's Amal movement, went missing along with two of his companions during a visit to Libya in August 1978.
The three were visiting Libya at the invitation of Muammar Gaddafi.
Hannibal accused Jalloud of implicating Libya in several cases, from tension in ties with Egypt during the term of Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat in the 1970s to the Chadian–Libyan conflict between 1978.
When asked if Jalloud can make such a decision to abduct Sadr without his father's consent, Hannibal said: "Everything is possible."
The session was attended by Hannibal's lawyer Muhammad Mazloum and the attorneys of the Sadr and his two companions’ families.
He claimed that Kussa, a military personnel and third man impersonated Sadr and his companions’ identities during a trip to Italy.
He said that his brother Saif al-Islam was tasked by their father to pay compensations to the families of Sadr and his companions, but when he asked about the case, Saif al-Islam told him "not to intervene."
Judge Hamadeh on Friday adjourned the session until a "secret witness" can give his testimony in the case.
Lebanese authorities arrested Gaddafi on Dec. 15, 2015 as part of an investigation into the Sadr disappearance.

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