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Moammar Gadhafi's Son Kidnapped, Released in Lebanon

Hannibal Gadhafi, the son of the late Libyan leader, was released Friday after being kidnapped in Lebanon, according to Labanese television.
Image: Hannibal Gadhafi
Hannibal Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi, in Tripoli on Oct. 14, 2010.MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP - Getty Images, file

Beirut — The son of Libya’s late leader Moammar Gadhafi was released Friday after being kidnapped in Lebanon, according to Lebanese television.

Hannibal Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi, in Tripoli on Oct. 14, 2010.MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP - Getty Images, file

Hannibal Gadhafi appeared in video aired by a Lebanese television station Friday saying he had been treated well, but he looked as if he had been beaten. In the video, Gadhafi demanded information about an Iranian-Lebanese cleric, Imam Moussa al-Sadr, who disappeared in Libya decades ago, according to The Associated Press.

By late Friday night, Gadhafi, who is married to a Labanese woman, was in the hands of Lebanese security forces. He was released in Baalbek, Lebanon, but it was unclear where or when he had been kidnapped.

Al-Sadr's 1978 disappearance has been a long-standing sore point in Lebanon. The imam's family believes he may still be alive in a Libyan prison, though most Lebanese presume al-Sadr is dead. Today he would be 87 years old.

Hannibal Gadhafi fled to Algeria after Tripoli fell, along with his mother and several other relatives.

Elisha Fieldstadt contributed.