Libyan Regime Transferring Imam Mussa Sadr to Different Place

"Yesterday, a light plane transferred a person resembling Imam Mussa al-Sadr from Abraq Airport (in the Libyan city of al-Bayda')," Sami al-Masrati, told the Arabic-language Al-Alam network.

Earlier, Abdolmajid Mansour, another prominent opposition figure, had said that al-Sadr is alive in a prison in the central city of Sabha.

Al-Sadr an Iranian-born Lebanese philosopher spent many years of his life in Lebanon as a religious and political leader, before he went missing during a trip to Libya at the invitation of Muammar al-Qaddafi.

In August 1978, al-Sadr departed for Libya with two companions to meet officials from Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi's government. They were never heard from again, and many believe they met with foul play at the hands of Qaddafi.

Libya has consistently denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy in 1978. However, others claim that al-Sadr is still alive and is being held in a secret jail in Libya.

Rome has persistently said that Sadr never arrived in Italy on the alleged flight.

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