Health of Qaddafi’s son worsening 3 days after beginning a hunger strike to protest arrest

Health of Qaddafi’s son worsening 3 days after beginning a hunger strike to protest arrest

The health situation of one of the sons of late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s is failing, according to his attorney on Tuesday.

According to his attorney Paul Romanos, Hannibal Qaddafi had migraines, muscle soreness, and was having trouble getting about. The young man began a hunger strike to protest his detention in Lebanon. On Saturday, he began his hunger strike.

Since being briefly abducted from the neighbouring country of Syria, where he was residing as a political refugee, in 2015, he has been held captive in Lebanon. Lebanese terrorists kidnapped him in exchange for information on the whereabouts of prominent Shiite cleric Moussa al-Sadr, who vanished in Libya 45 years ago.

Later, it was revealed that Lebanese police had taken Hannibal from the city of Baalbek in the northeast. He has been detained in a Beirut jail without trial since then.

Romanos said Qaddafi was also suffering from back pain due to being held in a small room where he cannot move freely or exercise.

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Al-Sadr’s disappearance in 1978 has long been a source of contention in Lebanon. Although the majority of Lebanese believe al-Sadr is dead, the cleric’s family thinks he may be locked up in Libya.

Al-Sadr was the founder of the Amal group, Arabic for “hope”. It is an acronym for the militia’s Arabic name, the Lebanese Resistance Brigades. The group later participated in the 1975–1990 civil war in Lebanon. Nabih Berri, the able Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, is in charge of it.

Most of al-Sadr’s followers are convinced that Muammar Qaddafi ordered al-Sadr killed in a dispute over Libyan payments to Lebanese militias. Libya has maintained that the cleric and his two traveling companions left Tripoli in 1978 on a flight to Rome; they suggested he was a victim of a power struggle among Shiites.

Hannibal Qaddafi was born two years before al-Sadr disappeared. He fled to Algeria along with his mother and several other relatives after his father’s fall from power. He later ended up in Syria where he was given political asylum before being kidnapped and brought to Lebanon.


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