Abducted Ghadaffi’s son freed in Lebanon
SON of the late Libyan leader, Hannibal Ghadaffi, has been freed several hours after he was kidnapped in Lebanon by an unknown armed group on Friday
Hannibal was freed by Lebanese police who also planned to question him without specifying where the businessman was released.
A security source told AFP that Hannibal had been “kidnapped by an armed group in the region of Bekaa while he was travelling from Syria, before being released on Friday night in the same region”.
Bekaa is an eastern stronghold of Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said his kidnappers had demanded “information on Mussa Sadr”, a Lebanese Shiite leader who went missing in 1978.
Beirut blamed the disappearance on the longtime Libyan strongman, and the Ghadaffi family was branded persona non grata by Lebanon, especially among members of the Shiite Muslim community.
A former Libyan envoy to the Arab League, Abdel Moneim al-Honi, told the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat in 2011 that Sadr had been ordered killed during a visit to Libya and was buried in the southern region of Sabha.
Late Friday, the Lebanese private television channel Al-Jadid broadcast a video purportedly showing Ghadaffi.
In the video he appeared to have been beaten up and had two black eyes, but he said that he was “well” and called on “all those who have evidence about Sadr to present it without delay”. It was not clear when or where the video was filmed.
Alleged lavish lifestyles of the Ghadaffi family and entourage helped fuel the anger in Libya that sparked the protests that led eventually to the strongman’s ouster and killing in 2011.
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