Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kouchner Expresses Readiness to Help in Sadr's Disappearance Case

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has expressed his country's readiness to follow up on the disappearance case of Shiite cleric Imam Moussa Sadr, the Moussa Sadr Center for Research and Studies announced on Saturday.
The center said Kouchner's statement came during a meeting with Sadr's sister Rabab in Paris. It said the two sides discussed the latest political developments in Lebanon and Sadr's efforts to end the civil war.

Sadr, who founded the Amal movement now led by Speaker Nabih Berri, disappeared while in Libya with two companions Mohammed Yaqoub and Abbas Badreddine in 1978.

There has been no trace of the three men since.

Libya maintains that the trio left for Italy on August 31, 1978 after their stay in Tripoli and that it has no idea what happened to them afterwards.

The center said in its statement that Rabab Sadr informed Kouchner about arrest warrants issued against Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi and 17 other Libyan leaders for their direct involvement in Sadr's alleged abduction.

Kouchner, in his turn, lauded Sadr's role on unity and peace in Lebanon. He tasked one of his advisors to follow up on the case and stay in contact with Sadr's family, according to the center.


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