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Why is Lebanon holding Hannibal Gaddafi hostage?

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Lebanon's judges by and large are reputed to be honest but what weakens the legal system here is the same poisonous sectarianism that has deeply corrupted much of Lebanon. Virulent political sectarianism is the main reason that Lebanon has in many ways never been a real country, in not now, and perhaps never will be unless a solution can be found among this country's 18 sects to create a real democracy. Given the sects inability for even agree on a president the past nearly two years is not encouraging.

Despite the continuing illegal and outrageous detention of Hannibal Gaddafi, a political not a judicial solution is at hand.

It will likely unfold something like this. Hannibal will be released soon since the $ 200 million is not coming this way and the kidnapping scheme has been exposed. He will be free to return to Syria.

As for the kidnappers and torturers, they too will likely have their cases dismissed on sectarian political, not judicial grounds, and they will be released.

Hannibal's lawsuit against Ali Yaacoub, the brother of ex-MP Hasan Yaacoub, ,who is accused of abducting him, and Ali Yaacoub's lawsuit against him and his lawyer Bouchra Khalil and the lawsuit by the Imam Sadr family and the family of the second companion of Imam Musa Sadr, Journalist Abbas Badreddin, who also disappeared, will all be dismissed.

At some point Lebanon will have to dismantle its sectarian system which paralyses it and corrupts its government. But the problem remains that the current corrupt system here enriches precisely those whose leadership for reform has been required.

At some point Lebanon's youth will surely rise up and with their fed up countrymen throw out the former "warlords" who have granted themselves amnesty from prosecution for civil war crimes and then anointed themselves as "political lords." When this will happen is anyone's guess but pressure here is building for major and long overdue reform.

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