Shiites Demand International Court for Libya in Case of Missing Cleric

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The three main leaders of the Shiite community in Lebanon demanded that Lebanon pursue international legal proceedings against Libya for the disappearance of the Shiite spiritual leader Imam Mussa Sadr in 1978. 

During the course of a memorial service for Imam Sadr, Sheikh Abdel Amir Kabalan, vice-president of the Higher Shiite Council, called for Lebanon "to carry its grievances against the Libyan regime and its leader Moamar Kadhafi, all the way to the International Tribunal in The Hague." 

Imam Sadr and two companions traveled to Libya on an official visit, then disappeared in August 1978. 

The fundamentalist Shiite groups -- Amal, which Sadr founded, and Hizbollah-- backed Kabalan's demand for an international trial. 

Libya maintains that the three men flew to Rome after their visit to Libya. 

The Sadr controversy recently took on a new life when Libya recalled its ambassador to Lebanon in protest at Shiite parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri's refusal to invite him to the inauguration of Lebanon's new parliament session in October. 

Morevoer, the Libyan press has called for the expulsion of the more than 5,000 Lebanese working in Libya.  

Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri visited Kadhafi on November 20 in order to lower tensions between the two countries -- BEIRUT (AFP)  




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