[Part I of III]
Below, is a brief excerpt from a soon to be published Manuscript which details the results of a several year investigation in four countries into the fate of "Vanished Imam," Musa Sadr and his colleagues Sheikh Mohammad Yaacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine.
The volume identifies who and for what reasons the Gadaffi regime was instructed to "disappear" Imam Musa Sadr, whose two companions were also killed to eliminate witnesses. A short summation of when and how Imam Musa Sadr and his companions were killed and what was done with their bodies is offered below.
During the morning of 25 August 1978, Imam Musa Sadr and two companions departed Beirut Airport for Tripoli, Libya at the invitation of Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi to meet with Libyan officials. Imam Sadr had been informed a week earlier that his itinerary would include discussions as with an Iranian delegation headed by Ayatollah Khomeini's chief aide, Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Behesti.
The purpose of the planned few days of meetings, as Gadaffi advised Imam Sadr was "to resolve political differences." Musa Sadr was persuaded that meeting the Iranians would be useful so they could resolve growing problems and tensions that Khomeini's inner circle believed could potentially destroy their revolution. And undermine the establishment of a hoped for, but still unsure "Islamic Republic of Iran."
[Above Photo: Muammar Gadaffi and Imam Musa Sadr outside the Libyan leader's office in Tripoli, Libya, August-early September, 1978. Courtesy of Libya News Agency (LANA)]
On arrival at Tripoli Airport the Sadr delegation was met by three officials including Libya's Foreign Minister Taha El Sheriff Ben Amer. After checking into the Peace Hotel in Tripoli the Musa delegation was immediately taken to Gadaffi's office for a meeting. The delegation was told that the Mohammad Beheshti delegation from Tehran was delayed but expected shortly.