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Missing Cleric’s Son Cites Gadhafi Link

The family of Lebanon’s missing top Shiite Muslim cleric says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has offered financial compensation over the cleric’s disappearance 26 years ago on a visit to Libya, but the relatives have rejected the money. Gadhafi failed to show up in for a hearing in Beirut on Wednesday, ignoring — to no one’s surprise — a summons for questioning in the August 1978 disappearance of Imam Moussa al-Sadr and two companions. Gadhafi’s absence could make him a wanted man in Lebanon if the government pursues the criminal suit raised by al-Sadr’s family. The legal case and the reported compensation offer are the latest twists in a mystery that has for more than a quarter century angered Lebanon’s 1.2 million-strong Shiite community and has strained ties between the countries. Full Story

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