Lebanon Seeks to Arrest Gadhafi's Son Hannibal

37 years after Lebanese cleric goes missing in Libya, court orders arrest of son of deposed dictator.

Sept. 25, 2011 photo of Hannibal Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Sept. 25, 2011 photo of Hannibal Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.Credit: AP

Lebanese authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi on charges of hiding information on the disappearance of a top Lebanese Shiite cleric in Libya 37 years ago.

Judge Zaher Hamadeh issued the warrant after questioning Hannibal Gadhafi Monday at the main courthouse, known locally as the Justice Palace. Hamadeh had asked that Gadhafi be brought in for questioning on whether he has information related to the case of Imam Moussa al-Sadr.

Al-Sadr and two companions went missing in 1978 during an official visit to Libya at the invitation of Moammar Gadhafi.

Lebanon has blamed Moammar Gadhafi for his disappearance.

Hannibal Gadhafi, who was three in 1978, was briefly kidnapped by militants in Lebanon before they handed him over to police late Friday.

Hezbollah supporters carry pictures of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, disappeared Imam Moussa al-Sadr, center, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left, in Beirut, August 17, 2012.Credit: AP

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