Lebanon refuses Syria's request to return Muammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal
Published 16/12/2015 | 17:16
Lebanon's justice minister has refused a request from the Syrian government to return the son of Libya's late dictator Muammar Gaddafi to Damascus.
Ashraf Rifi said that returning Hannibal Gaddafi to Damascus would violate a 1951 agreement between the two countries.
Lebanese authorities arrested Mr Gaddafi for questioning this week over the decades-old disappearance of a Lebanese Shiite imam in Libya.
He was three years old when Imam Moussa al-Sadr disappeared with two companions during a 1978 official visit to Libya.
The unsolved case has figured centrally in the Lebanese Shiite community's narrative of marginalisation.
Mr Gaddafi, who reportedly lives in Syria and has kept a low profile after his father's 2011 overthrow, was kidnapped last week by Lebanese Shiite militants, who handed him over to authorities.