Sputnik: Hannibal Gaddafi calls on UN, Russia to help release him from prison

Hannibal Gaddafi MORTEN JUHL/AFP/Getty Images

Hannibal Gaddafi, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, has revealed in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti, how he was kidnapped in Syria and ended up imprisoned in Lebanon.

Hannibal explained to the Russian news agency what he really knows about the disappearance of famous Shia religious leader Musa Al-Sadr.

Hannibal Gaddafi has been kept in a Lebanese jail since 2015 in connection with the alleged disappearance of Lebanese Shia imam Musa Al-Sadr in Libya back in 1978, which has never been fully investigated.


“I was kidnapped in Syria by an armed gang on 6 December 2015. I was illegally moved from Syria to the Bekka region of Lebanon; the kidnappers used the lane reserved for the military in order to prevent the Syrians from searching their car. I was held there for a week; they tortured me both physically and mentally in an attempt to force me to divulge information related to the 1978 disappearance of Musa al-Sadr and his two companions — Sheikh Muhammad Yaacoub, whose son orchestrated my kidnapping, and Abbas Badreddine.” Hannibal told RIA Novosti, according to Sputnik.

He stressed that he was two years old when the case happened, adding that his detention has nothing to do with this case; “I was detained simply because I’m the son of Muammar Gaddafi.” He claimed. Hannibal also called on the UN to come to his assistance: “My physical condition is unsatisfactory. I suffer from chest pains, respiratory insufficiency, pains in the small of my back, as well as from skin problems caused by the lack of sunlight. Also, I had my nose broken due to the beating I sustained during my kidnapping, and I have a haematoma which I also sustained back then.””I would like to note that I request the UN to send a team of doctors to visit me in prison so that they can officially ascertain my current condition.” He said, according to Sputnik.

He told the Russian news agency that he counts on Russia’s greater role, as a great power, in dealing with injustices like this.

“I thank Russia for its efforts aimed at facilitating my release.” Hannibal said.

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