Searching for justice after Qaddafi: Mallat interview with Daily Star

29/08/2011

Mallat on Imam Sadr’s case: exclusive interview with the Daily Star

Annual tribute to Sadr extra special this year

By Wassim Mroueh

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BEIRUT: The anniversary of the disappearance of Imam Musa Sadr is commemorated every year on the last day of August, with a mass rally organized by the Amal Movement, which he founded, and a number of other gatherings.

The event is taking on a special meaning in 2011, as the preparations for the commemoration have coincided with the sudden, dramatic collapse of the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, raising hopes that the decades-old mystery is moving closer to a definitive resolution.

Chibli Mallat, the lawyer for the Sadr family, said that all avenues are currently being evaluated, with the objective of achieving accountability and securing the release of the Iran-born imam.

“There are no indications that he is not alive and there have been always contradictory statements within the past 32 years … so that’s the priority at the moment and there are channels that operate at the level of the state, and at the level of the family, with the new leaders of Libya,” Mallat told The Daily Star.

Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Mohammad Yaacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine went missing on Aug. 31, 1978, during an official visit to Libya at the invitation of Gadhafi.

The imam championed coexistence and dialogue between different Lebanese factions and worked on bringing sects together and alleviating the socioeconomic hardship of Lebanese who suffered from political and other types of marginalization.

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