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Lawsuit Aggravates Libya-Lebanon Dispute

The family of missing Lebanese cleric Mousa A-Sadr has filed a lawsuit against Libyan leader Mu’ammar Al-Qadhafi for his disappearance over 25 years ago, worsening already sour relations, according to reports.

A-Sadr’s son filed the lawsuit on Tuesday against Al-Qadhafi and 17 other senior Libyan figures, demanding that the case be tried before a Lebanese court, according to reports. The families of two other people who disappeared with the Shi’ite cleric have reportedly taken similar legal actions.

Libya shut down its Lebanese embassy last year after a long-standing dispute on the issue intensified.

In 1978, Imam Mousa A-Sadr, a leading Shi’ite cleric in Lebanon, disappeared during an official trip to Libya. Lebanon has long accused Al-Qadhafi of covering up the details of Sadr’s fate.