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Lebanon refuses Syria's request to return Muammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal

Published 16/12/2015

Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was kidnapped last week by Lebanese Shiite militants (AP)
Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was kidnapped last week by Lebanese Shiite militants (AP)

Lebanon's justice minister has refused a request from the Syrian government to return the son of Libya's late dictator Muammar Gaddafi to Damascus.

Ashraf Rifi said that returning Hannibal Gaddafi to Damascus would violate a 1951 agreement between the two countries.

Lebanese authorities arrested Mr Gaddafi for questioning this week over the decades-old disappearance of a Lebanese Shiite imam in Libya.

He was three years old when Imam Moussa al-Sadr disappeared with two companions during a 1978 official visit to Libya.

The unsolved case has figured centrally in the Lebanese Shiite community's narrative of marginalisation.

Mr Gaddafi, who reportedly lives in Syria and has kept a low profile after his father's 2011 overthrow, was kidnapped last week by Lebanese Shiite militants, who handed him over to authorities.

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