Kidnapped son of Gaddafi freed in Lebanon

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Hannibal has been freed after being kidnapped in Lebanon by unknown armed group

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Hannibal Gaddafi was released on December 11, 2015 after having been kidnapped a day before (AFP)

Lebanese media and the state news agency reported on Friday that Hannibal Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was freed after being kidnapped on Thursday by an unknown Lebanese armed group.

Police reported that Gaddafi was brought to Beirut after having been freed in the city of Baalbek in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

After Gaddafi was freed, a video said to be made by his captors aired late on Friday on a local television station.

In the video, Gaddafi was seen appealing for more information about the fate of Lebanon's prominent Shiite cleric Musa al Sadr who disappeared on his visit to Libya, along with two other people, in 1978. He called for those who have evidence about Sadr’s fate to come forward.

"I'm in good health, I'm fine, comfortable and no one should worry about me. I am with people who fear God and have a cause, and they are loyal to their cause. Therefore we should respect them for their loyalty," Gaddafi said in the video.

"We should understand and appreciate these people who have suffered by telling the truth about what happened [to Imam Moussa al-Sadr]. The world should learn to be loyal like the supporters of Imam al Sadr, unlike those who defected and ran away and left the imam to face his fate,” he added.

"I hope that the people who I am talking about hear me and if they have evidence, would bring it out immediately without delay. Because enough of this suffering, enough. Enough injustice, people here want their son [the imam]."

Lebanon’s Shiite community accuse Gaddafi for the disappearance of Sadr, founder of the Shiite Amal movement, and two of his aides during the visit in 1978.

Local media stated that Gaddafi was kidnapped in the eastern Bekaa region of Lebanon and that his wife is Lebanese.

The family of Gaddafi has long been unwelcome in Lebanon, mainly among members of Shia community.

Gaddafi’s father Muammer was deposed in 2011. Although many people accused him of organising Sadr’s incident, he denied any involvement in his disappearance.

After the fall of Tripoli in 2011, Hannibal, 40, Gaddafi’s wife Safiya, son Mohammed and daughter Aisha escaped to neighbouring Algeria.

Gaddafi and his Lebanese wife Aline Skaf were arrested in a Geneva hotel for assaulting two former servants in 2008, which sparked a diplomatic incident with Switzerland. The case was dropped without any charges and apology over the allegations that they had assaulted the two servants, a Tunisian and a Moroccon.

TRTWorld and agencies