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Iran Parliament Takes up Case of Missing Imam

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TEHRAN, March 5 (ICANA) – The Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is due to hold a joint session with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday to follow up the case of Lebanese Shia leader Imam Mousa al-Sadr.
Saturday, March 05, 2011 7:14:39 PM
Iran Parliament Takes up Case of Missing Imam

Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, a member of the NSFP Commission told ICANA that the Iranian parliament will seriously follow up the case of Imam Sadr in the wake of the recent developments in Libya.

Sadr was an Iranian-born Lebanese philosopher and Shia religious leader who disappeared in August 1978. He was born in Qom, Iran, in 1928 to the prominent Lebanese Sadr family of theologians.

Earlier, amember of parliament urged Iran to follow up the fate of Imam Mousa Sadr through the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) and Islamic parliaments.

Admitting that Iran’s diplomatic machine had committed negligence in pursuing the fate of the senior religious scholar, chairman of the Islamic Revolution Faction in the parliament, Ruhollah Hosseinian told ICANA, the time was now appropriate for action following the recent developments in Libya.

The lawmaker said one reason for Iran’s laxity in following up the case was its knowledge about the ruling regime in Libya. He said many Iranian officials were convinced that Imam Sadr had been martyred by Moammar Qaddafi’s regime. He said even Imam Sadr’s close relatives believed he had been killed in a helicopter bombing over Libyan sky. Hosseinian also urged the IRI Foreign Ministry to follow up the issue through the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and Arab states such as Syria and Lebanon. He said they could also contacting Islamic groups inside Libya or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Last month, 23 MPs called on the Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to pursue the fate of Imam Mousa Sadr, given the new situation facing Libya. They urged the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to form fact-finding committees to help clarify whereabouts of Imam Mousa Sadr.

In August 1978, al-Sadr and two companions Sheikh Muhammad Yaacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine departed for Libya to meet with government officials. The three were never heard from again. It is widely believed that the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ordered Sadr’s killing. Libya has consistently denied responsibility, claiming that Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy.

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