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Larijani: Israel Beneficiary of Sadr Abduction

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TEHRAN, March 10 (ICANA) – Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says Israel has gained maximum benefit from the disappearance of renowned Lebanese Shia leader Imam Moussa Sadr.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 11:40:28 AM
Larijani: Israel Beneficiary of Sadr Abduction

“Imam Moussa Sadr founded the Amal movement, a military power against Zionists. Therefore, the Zionists are his number one enemies who obtain the most benefit from his abduction since he had numerous strategies in mind to confront them," Larijani said on Wednesday at a conference on the role of Imam Moussa Sadr in awakening the Islamic world.

The senior Iranian official described Imam Moussa Sadr as an indefatigable and unique leader who revived Shia identity in Lebanon.

Larijani held the government of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi accountable over the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr and lashed out at Gaddafi's government for refusing to provide a clear explanation over the issue.

“There is clear evidence that Imam Moussa Sadr was kidnapped inside Libya but Gaddafi has refused to provide a clear explanation over the issue and so has the Libyan government ...”

He also criticized the international community for not showing interest in pursuing the fate of the abducted cleric.

MP Kazem Jalali announced on Tuesday that the Majlis National Security Committee has formed a special committee to pursue the case of Imam Musa al-Sadr, an Iranian-born Shia cleric who mysteriously disappeared in Libya in 1978.

Jalali said the decision was made at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday.

Jalali, who is the rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added, “Given the relevant documentation, it is obvious that the bloodthirsty regime of (Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi abducted Imam Musa al-Sadr and jailed him. He is alive and we are pursuing the release of Imam Musa al-Sadr.”

In August 1978, al-Sadr departed for Libya with two companions to meet officials of Gadhafi’s government. They were never heard from again, and many believe they met with foul play at the hands of Gadhafi.

In August 2008, Lebanon issued an arrest warrant for Gadhafi and 11 other Libyan officials, charging them with kidnapping al-Sadr. Gadhafi was also indicted for “inciting the abduction” of the senior cleric.

Libya has denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy in 1978. However, many believe that al-Sadr is still alive and is being held in a secret jail in Libya.

Hezbollah has also said Libya is first and foremost responsible for al-Sadr’s disappearance.

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