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Rights group urges Lebanon to free Gaddafi's son

January 18, 2024 at 9:35 pm

Hannibal Kadhafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images]

Human Rights Watch called on Lebanon to release Hannibal Gaddafi who has been held on “spurious charges” related to the disappearance of Lebanese cleric, Mussa Sadr, in 1978, HRW reports.

According to the report, Human Rights Watch called on Lebanon, Tuesday, to release a son of Libya’s former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, saying he had been held on “spurious charges” for eight years.

Lebanon, in 2015, arrested and accused Hannibal Gaddafi, known for living the high life, of withholding information about the disappearance of Lebanese Shia cleric, Imam Mussa Sadr, in 1978.

But HRW said he was only two years old at the time the cleric disappeared and accused Lebanon of subjecting him to an “apparent arbitrary detention on spurious charges”.

“Spending eight years in pre-trial detention makes a mockery of Lebanon’s already strained judicial system,” the group’s Hanan Salah said in a statement.

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