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Jemo’s wife arrested crossing into Lebanon

Siham Younes, the wife of Syrian Baath Party official Mohammad Jemo, reacts as she is surrounded by relatives at her house in Sarafand, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: The wife of a pro-Syrian regime official shot dead last week in south Lebanon was arrested by General Security when she crossed to Lebanon Tuesday night, a judicial source told The Daily Star. Siham Younes, who was in Syria to attend her husband’s funeral, was arrested by officers from General Security while making her way back to Lebanon through the Arida border crossing in the north of the country.

Younes was handed over to Army Intelligence for investigation of allegations that she planned the murder of her husband Mohammad Jemo.

Jemo, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his house in the coastal town of Sarafand, was buried in the Syrian city of Latakia last Friday.

The murder of Jemo, a media figure and an official in the Baath Party, was initially linked to the conflict in Syria but the Army said last week there were no political motives behind the incident.

The Army suggested a personal dispute may have been behind the crime but Jemo’s wife has denied playing any role in her husband’s death.

A judicial source said that acting state prosecutor Samir Hammoud sent a request to the Syrian authorities to arrest Younes and hand her over to their Lebanese counterparts.

However, Syria only kept Younes under surveillance, the source said.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 25, 2013, on page 3.

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