Deteriorating Health Sparks Calls for Release of Moammar Gadhafi’s Son Detained in Lebanon
The legal authorities of Libya have officially asked Lebanon to free Hannibal Gadhafi, one of the late dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, who has been detained there since 2015 without being charged. The argument is that Hannibal Gadhafi’s health has worsened since he started a hunger strike on June 3 to protest his continued detention without charge. Calls for his release have been louder as his condition continues to deteriorate.
Al-Sediq al-Sour, the prosecutor general of Libya, has issued a formal request to Ghassan Oueidat, his counterpart in Lebanon, pleading for the release of Hannibal Gadhafi. The purpose of the plea was to enlist Lebanon’s assistance in elucidating the whereabouts of famous Shiite cleric Moussa al-Sadr, who vanished in Libya in 1978. According to the Libyan government, Hannibal Gadhafi’s release or return to Libya might reveal the events surrounding al-Sadr’s disappearance.
Lebanon has long been troubled by the disappearance of Moussa al-Sadr. Al-Sadr, the Amal group’s founder, disappeared in 1978 for an unexplained reason. While some presume he is dead, his family thinks he may still be alive and being kept captive in prison in Libya. Al-Sadr, according to the Libyan government, flew from Tripoli to Rome in 1978 and was killed there due to internal Shiite power disputes.
Hannibal Gadhafi is currently being held in Lebanon because Lebanese terrorists kidnapped him in 2015 to learn more about Moussa al-Sadr’s whereabouts. Later, Hannibal Gadhafi was discovered in Baalbek by Lebanese police, who then captured him. He has subsequently been detained in a jail in Beirut without being charged or put on trial. Due process issues and charges of human rights breaches have dogged his case’s controversy.
The request for Hannibal Gadhafi’s release from Libya adds another level of intricacy to the predicament. The condition of Gadhafi’s kid urgently underscores the need to end his captivity. The link between his release and the prospective disclosure of information regarding al-Sadr’s whereabouts also poses global political concerns.
The urgency of Hannibal Gadhafi’s release has grown in importance globally as his health continues to deteriorate. The formal appeal from Libya to Lebanon emphasises the potential importance of his case in learning the truth behind Moussa al-Sadr’s abduction. The connected stories of these two people shed light on the region’s complicated past and the long-lasting effects of political unrest.