A Lebanese daily took Italy’s spy agency responsible for the disappearance of the Iran-born Lebanese Shiite cleric and leader, Imam Musa al-Sadr, saying that the entry visas of Sadr and his companions were stamped by officials in Italy’s Milan airport.
According to al-Diyar newspaper, when the Libyan officials received Imam Musa Sadr and two of his friends’ visas to punch them for leaving Libya, the visas had already been stamped by officials in Milan airport which shows that the Gaddafi’s spy agency had bribed Italian intelligence officers to stamp Imam Musa Sadr’s visa to show that he had traveled to Italy.
The Lebanese newspaper underlined that the main gap in Imam Musa Sadr’s case pertains to this ambiguous point that if he had traveled to Italy why his passport was not sealed with an exit stamp when leaving the country.
This shows that the Libyan officials tried to show that Sadr had left Libya for Italy to blame Rome for his disappearance, the daily concluded.
Al-Sadr an Iranian-born Lebanese philosopher spent many years of his life in Lebanon as a religious and political leader, before he went missing during a trip to Libya at the invitation of Muammar al-Qaddafi.
In August 1978, al-Sadr departed for Libya with two companions to meet officials of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi’s government. They were never heard from again, and many believe they met with foul play at the hands of Qaddafi.
Libya has consistently denied responsibility, claiming that al-Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy in 1978. However, others claim that al-Sadr is still alive and is being held in a secret jail in Libya.
Rome has persistently said that Sadr never arrived in Italy on the alleged flight.