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Son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi briefly kidnapped in Lebanon

Businessman Hannibal Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been released after being abducted in Lebanon by people demanding information about a missing Shiite cleric.

Hannibal appeared in a clip aired on Lebanese TV channels on Friday in which he said that his abductors are demanding the release of information about the fate of prominent Iranian-Lebanese cleric Musa al-Sadr, who disappeared in Libya in August 1978 after an invitation from Muammar Gaddafi. It has long been rumored that Gaddafi ordered al-Sadr's killing, but conclusive evidence has never been found.

Hannibal, who is 40 and is married to a Lebanese woman, appeared to have been beaten up but said in the 2-minute video that he was in "good health." Just hours after the release of the video, the Lebanese government confirmed that Hannibal had been released and recovered by the security services. Other details about the release were not immediately available.

It is believed that the kidnapping occurred on Thursday, but it was not immediately known who was responsible.

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