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

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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