No indicators of torture on physique of slain Hezbollah critic

No indicators of torture on physique of slain Hezbollah critic

BEIRUT (AP) — An impartial post-mortem revealed no indicators of torture on the physique of a well known Lebanese writer and vocal critic of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group shot useless in his automotive final week, his spouse stated Monday.

Lokman Slim, a 58-year-old political activist and commentator, was discovered useless with six bullets in his physique Thursday on a abandoned rural street within the nation’s south. He was visiting associates there and was due again in Beirut late Wednesday when his household reported him lacking.

Slim’s household has expressed skepticism {that a} nationwide investigation would result in those that killed him, citing a historical past of unresolved assassinations and political crimes in Lebanon. They employed a non-public forensic pathologist to hold out their very own examination of Slim’s physique.

Monika Borgmann, Slim’s German spouse who additionally has Lebanese citizenship, stated a non-public post-mortem was essential to get all of the wanted info.

There was hypothesis in Arab media that Slim might have been tortured earlier than he was shot. The circumstances of his killing stay unclear and Borgmann stated a full post-mortem report wasn’t but prepared.

Borgmann has referred to as for a global investigation, saying she has suspicions however no proof that his killers have been members or supporters of Hezbollah.

“It is extremely clear who his enemies are,” Borgmann advised The Related Press in an interview Monday. “It’s primarily Hezbollah however for me it’s not sufficient to say we all know his enemies and that’s it.”

“I actually wish to discover out. I wish to know why. I wish to know who and I need a global investigation,” she stated.

Borgmann stated she is discussing with attorneys and associates methods to push for a global investigation, becoming a member of different Lebanese calling for comparable investigations into different unsolved crimes. As a German citizen, she stated, she can be wanting into whether or not she will launch an investigation in Germany.

Hezbollah condemned Slim’s killing, calling for a swift investigation and urging safety businesses to fight crimes it stated have unfold round Lebanon. Hezbollah stated such assassinations have been “exploited politically and by the media on the expense of safety and home stability” — a jab at their accusers.

Perpetrators of political violence or corruption are nearly by no means recognized or prosecuted in Lebanon.

An investigation into a large explosion in Beirut port final August has barely gotten off the bottom and was stalled due to political pushback from highly effective officers who have been charged with negligence. This has additionally raised requires a global probe into the explosion that killed 211 individuals.

“No native investigation has introduced any justice,” Borgmann stated. “This cold-blooded homicide is not going to go like this. I’ll do no matter I can.”

Slim’s killing led to worldwide condemnation and requires a swift investigation.

On Monday, U.S. Ambassador Dorothy Shea met with Lebanon’s caretaker Justice Minister to debate the investigation into Slim’s killing and the necessity to maintain these accountable accountable, the U.S. Embassy stated with out elaborating.

Slim and Borgmann, a few 20 years, documented tales of disappeared, prisons and nationwide trauma in Lebanon and Syria, producing movies, artwork reveals and preserving an elaborate archive of Lebanese and Shiite historical past.

Slim, a Shiite, was a harsh critic of Hezbollah’s grip on energy in Lebanon and its alliance with Iran. He campaigned for extra illustration in Lebanese politics however to his critics, principally Hezbollah supporters, Slim was a traitor who invited Israel’s intervention or navy operations in Lebanon.

Slim had reported receiving threats earlier than, together with having posters calling him a Zionist pinned to the partitions of his dwelling in a southern suburb of Beirut, Hezbollah’s base within the capital.

“I can’t let you know why he was killed now … (that’s) one more reason why I want to see a global investigation,” Borgmann stated, sitting within the backyard of Slim’s household dwelling. The dwelling additionally homes the analysis and documentation middle the couple based collectively in 2005.

Borgmann stated she has no plans to depart the nation and can proceed the work she and Slim did collectively to protect Lebanon’s historical past and reminiscence.

Borgmann stated she was saddened but in addition angered by her husband’s killing. “It’s ultimately … the anger which helps me to maneuver ahead,” she stated.

A memorial and burial ceremony have been deliberate for Thursday within the household dwelling the place Slim was born and which he refused to depart even after Hezbollah arrange its headquarters within the neighborhood.

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