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In 1978, Imam Sadr was indeed Muammar Gaddafi’s victim

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Muammar Gaddafi’s former personal aide, Ahmad Ramadan al-Asaibie, gave an interview to journalist Jenan Moussa, released by the UAE-based television channel Al-Aan on 8 November 2011.

In the 80’s, Colonel Ahmed Ben Ramadan had coordinated the pro-Libyan forces in Chad, before taking command of the Libyan Revolutionary Guard. In the 90s, he headed the "Guide"’s Intelligence Bureau.

He claims to have witnessed the arrival at Muammar Gaddafi’s Headquarters of Iman Mosa el Sadr and his two companions Mohamed Yakoub and journalist Abbas Bader el-Deen. Following the encounter, Colonel Gaddafi reportedly ordered to have them take away. They were allegedly escorted by Foreign Minister Taha El Sheriff Ben Amer (who would soon be killed in a helicopter crash), intelligence chief General Abu Ghalia Fraj, and General Bashir Humeida, head of the presidential administration. The three Libyans would then have eliminated the three Lebanese.

Imam Moussa Sadr was a leading Iranian-Lebanese Shi’ite liberation theologian. An apostle of the poor, he opposed the Lebanese confessional system and advocated for a social revolution. In 1975 he founded the Amal Movement (Hope).
As a promoter of interfaith dialogue, he represented the Shiites at the enthronement of Pope Paul VI and preached during Lent at St. Louis Catholic Cathedral of Beirut.
Recognizing Israel as the sole enemy, he refused to militarily engage his supporters in the Lebanese civil war which he regarded as an external plan aiming to divide the country along confessional lines.

After the Israeli invasion of March 1978, he undertook a tour of Arab capitals to seek help. In late August, he traveled to Libya and disappeared. His absence facilitated the implementation of the Kissinger Plan to trigger civil war in Lebanon and forestalled the creation of a revolutionary Shiite axis when Imam Ruhollah Khomeini was allowed to return to Iran 6 months later.

Libya has consistently denied responsibility for the disappearance of Imam Sadr and his companions. However, an international arrest warrant against Muammar Gaddafi was issued by the Lebanese judicial authorities in 2008 and transmitted to Interpol. Lebanon’s General Prosecutor had requested the death penalty against the Libyan "Guide" on charges of assassination.

Colonel Ahmad Ramadan al-Asaibie’s testimony leaves the question open as regards the motive for the murder and the sponsors’ identity.

"Le procureur général du Liban requiert la peine de mort contre Mouammar Kadhafi", Réseau Voltaire, 1 September 2008.

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