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Does Lebanon Really Want to Solve the Imam Musa Sadr Mystery?

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Some of the puzzlement rises from the unsubstantiated claims by some in Lebanon that DNA tests were made by "DNA specialists" but proved negative. These claims have not been supported by any probative evidence relating to the timing and place the tissue samples were gathered or even the identity or competence of the "DNA specialists." Nor has there been any scientific testimony regarding the alleged tests, relating to where the samples were gathered or the vital chain of secured custody or even laboratory reports of any and all DNA samples or testing.

Some friends and longtime associates of Abdullah Senussi, as well as some lawyers currently working in the Libyan Ministry of Justice in Tripoli, who claim to know the Sadr-Yaacoub case from the Libyan side, question whether there
has even been any competent DNA testing conducted. In any event, no samples have been taken nor has the soil been disturbed from the location where it is believed the Imams remains are located.

Certain current and former Libyan officials are willing to help with an
honest objective investigation, but need assurance that the Lebanese side is
serious. One Judge at the Libyan Ministry of Justice has made the serious charge that the "Sadr-Yaacoub investigation" was designed in Lebanon to mislead the Lebanese public.

Among the many questions being raised are the following: why Lebanon has
failed to add an experienced investigator or to enlarge the team with
family members? Would not a larger team or at least one with more
experienced professionals obtain more results in less time? Logically, do
not the families have the strongest interest in learning the truth and
should they not be represented or directly involved? Why have they
consistently been refused participation? Why did not the Lebanese side
disclose that Libya paid Mauritania one billion dollars to breach its earlier signed agreement and refusal not to extradite Senussi? Why did the team wait from March 1 when Senussi was arrested entering Mauritania with a fake passport until September 2012 to visit Senussi who all agree knows the case very well?

The Lebanese investigating committee has more than once stated that "All media speculations on Sadr's case has been proven to be false." Yet, most of the media speculation was based on sources close to the same committee. This fact raises questions about what were these speculations and how were they proven false and with what evidence?

Some observers believe that the public and the followers of Musa Sadr and
Mohammad Yaaoub, including from among the Muslim and Christian
communities, deserve a full and probative inquiry. It is not too late to achieve this goal since several knowledgeable witnesses, including two eyewitnesses, are still available.

Ex-Libyan officials report that they have little interest in prolonging
the mystery of this case and reminded this observer that Muammar Gadaffi's
son, Saif al-Islam, currently awaiting trial, most probably to be held in Libya
they claim, rather than in the Hague as favored by the UN and international
judicial opinion, stated last summer that "It's time to finish with the
Sadr file." Before he was on the run following the surprise takeover of Tripoli by NATO backed rebels early last August, he intended to do this.

International investigators have also found that current Libyan
officials from various factions are quite willing to cooperate in uncovering the
truth while former regime members are trying to deal with other more
pressing personal problems and almost to a person have expressed no
interest in blocking the truth that can be established beyond peradventure
by reliable DNA testing. The charge that ex-Gadaffi officials are "still meddling in the Sadr case" appears spurious and anchored in Lebanon, not Libya.

Moreover, there is to date no evidence to suggest that local Libyan courts or
International Courts, including the International Criminal Court, will be
involved in the Sadr delegation case that would bar the Libyan government's cooperation. Nor has there been credible evidence of foot dragging from the Libyan side as some have claimed.

One tentative conclusion surfaces concerning the Sadr-Yaacoub-Badr Eddine
case and it is that the "investigation" over the past year is deeply flawed and has created many more questions about its work than answers about this three decades old mystery.

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It is not too late to re-energize the moribund Sadr-Yaacoub-Badr Eddine inquiry employing proven and widely available investigative techniques. It's a question of whether there exists the political will on the Lebanese side.

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