Last updated: 21 april, 2010 - 12:33 GMT

Middle East

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Hicham Matar

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It has been 20 years since the disappearance of the leading Libyan dissident, Jaballah Matar, from his home in exile in Cairo.

Now, his son, the Booker short-listed writer, Hisham Matar, is calling for governments around the world who have bi-lateral relations with Libya, to press for information about the fate of his father, but also to engage with Libya on ways to reform and develop the country.

In this special documentary, Razia Iqbal reports on the human cost of abduction and disappearance against the backdrop of delicate diplomatic relations and serious trade and business interests.

First broadcast 21 April 2010

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