Sister of the kidnapped Shiite Cleric, Imam Musa al-Sadr, rebutted rumors about his brother's death, and underscored that no shred of evidence has yet been found to prove the death of the abducted cleric
- Sister of the kidnapped Shiite Cleric, Imam Musa al-Sadr, rebutted rumors about his brother's death, and underscored that no shred of evidence has yet been found to prove the death of the abducted cleric.
Robab Sadr made the remarks in Beirut on Tuesday evening, stressing that she has official and strong evidence to show that the recent reports about the fate of Imam Musa Sadr are not true and prove that he is still alive.
She also called on the Lebanese government to boost efforts and take serious and rapid actions to clarify the fate of the Iran-born Lebanese Shiite Cleric.
In April 2012, Libyan Government's Spokesman Nasser al-Manee announced that a series of documents belonging to the former Libyan regime indicate that the Iranian-born Lebanese Shiite cleric has been killed by Qaddafi regime.
"Based on the information discovered in Qaddafi regime's security office, Imam Musa Sadr and his friends were martyred by the suppressing forces of Qaddafi," Manee said at the time.
Al-Sadr, an Iranian-born Lebanese philosopher, spent many years of his life in Lebanon as a religious and political leader before he went missing during a trip to Libya at the invitation of Muammar al-Qaddafi.
In August 1978, al-Sadr departed for Libya with two companions to meet officials of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi's government. They were never heard from again, and many believe they met with foul play at the hands of Qaddafi.
The Qaddafi-ruled Libya consistently denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy in 1978. However, others claimed that al-Sadr was still alive and being kept in a secret jail in Libya.
Rome has persistently said that Sadr never arrived in Italy on the alleged flight.
While Sadr's family said that he was still alive and remained a prisoner in Libya, Qaddafi's former associate Abdel-Monem Houni claimed in February that Sadr had been killed and buried shortly after he was kidnapped