The Lebanese Justice Council will soon issue an arrest warrant for the fugitive Libyan dictator, Moammar Qaddafi, on charges of kidnapping Lebanese Shiite cleric and leader Imam Musa al-Sadr 33 years ago.
The court wrapped up the trial session of suspects in Imam Musa al-Sadr’s case today.
The trial was presided by Judge Sami Mansour and attended by a General
Prosecution representative, Saeed Mirza.
The Judicial Council is expected to issue a guilty verdict and arrest warrant in absentia against ousted Libyan leader and six of his companions.
Sami Mansour, who presided over the session of Qaddafi’s trial Friday, said the court would issue its verdict on November 18.
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.
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.
Libya has consistently denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy in 1978. However, others claim that al-Sadr is still alive and is being held in a secret jail in Libya.
Rome has persistently said that Sadr never arrived in Italy on the alleged flight.