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Musa Sadr in Libya?

02/28/11 by Farid Marjai (Originally published by MRZine)

In 2007, Gaddafi expressed ambitions to revive a Fatimid state to create the foundations for a renaissance in North Africa, in a bid to attract the attention of Shia scholars and leaders. In vain -- for he unapologetically also expressed shockingly undemocratic sentiments to the effect that elections and coups are no different! His failed overture to Shia Muslims goes back further, though.

Caricature of Gaddafi
Caricature of Gaddafi in Shargh, a reformist newspaper in Iran

In 1978, Imam Musa Al Sadr, a spiritual leader of the Shias in Lebanon, was invited to Libya by Gaddafi; during that visit Musa Sadr (and a Lebanese journalist) somehow "disappeared." The Libyan officials to this day have not offered any sound explanation as to what happened to him. The apparent kidnapping of this cleric, who was the founder of the Shia empowerment movement in Lebanon of "Harakat al Mahroomin," alienated many in the region.

Sadeq Tabatabai of the Provisional Government in Iran was a nephew of Imam Sadr, and Ahmad Khomeini (son of Ayatollah Khomeini) was also related to him by marriage. Right after the Iranian revolution, Gaddafi's second-in-command Abdel Salam Jalloud visited Iran. During that trip he very much wanted to visit Ayatollah Khomeini. A member of the provisional government told me in an interview that Khomeini refused to see him "until the Libyans clarify Musa Sadr's situation."

His family believes Imam Sadr might be alive. His son-in-law Mehdi Forouzan said that some of the released Libyan prisoners reported that he had been sighted in a prison. He further indicated that both the Lebanese courts and the Iranian Parliament contend Sadr is alive. Forouzan added that a "welcoming committee" was just formed in Lebanon.

Recently, Hezbollah of Lebanon issued a statement about the current situation in Libya and condemned Gaddafi for crimes against his people.

About: Farid Marjai is an Iranian journalist.

Disclaimer: “Mottaki’s Removal, in Jornal Do Brasil”

By Farid Marjai

A well-established Brazilian website Terra published an article by the journalist Mr. Tariq Saleh about the dismissal of Iran foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. 

Subsequently the Brazilian newspaper "Jornal Do Brasil" published the same piece in the pages of their newspaper, referring to the Terra website.

In the article the author insinuates that he has interviewed me as an independent analyst about the subject of Mattaki’s removal, and has 3 controversial quotes from me.  But at no point did he ever speake to me about this; no interview took place, and moreover, I have NEVER said anything about Mottaki's dismissal.  (I am not well-informed about that particular matter, and would not comment about an issue I don’t have solid information on). The quotes in the abovementioned article are not my views. Therefore, I am puzzled and disturbed about this. 

Mr. Tariq Saleh seems to be stationed in Beirut and also reports for BBC Brazil. Generally, in reportage and the media, mistakes can occur, but we need to clarify them so they don’t lead to confusion and distortions that impact analysis and public trust.  

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