BEIRUT: Judge Randa Yakzan asked police this week to reopen an investigation into the death of a woman whose husband allegedly filmed her suicide, after her family raised concerns that he could have encouraged the act.
The judge asked the Information Branch of the Internal Security Forces to expand the investigation in light of documents collected by the family of Amina Ismaili, a judicial source told The Daily Star Thursday.
The family who sought information on the husband Kifah Fairuz Ahmad before and after the alleged suicide have suspicion he drove his wife to the point of suicide, the source said.
In August, a video surfaced on social media websites of a man filming his wife as she plunged to her death from their eighth-floor balcony of their new home in the Beirut neighborhood of Ramlet al-Baida.
The couple married around seven months ago and moved to the African country of Angola where the Ahmad works in the diamond business.
The couple had recently returned from Belgium and was staying with Ahmad’s family in Ramlet al-Baida in a house facing their new apartment. The couple was to stay there until renovations in new property were finished, the source said.
The original investigation was closed after foul-play was ruled out by police and it was believed that Ismail's suicide was likely related to psychological problems.
The husband also claimed Ismaili was taking medication for anxiety possibly leading to the suicide. The autopsy showed no recent drug use by Islamil.
Investigators believed Ahmad was filming the new apartment when he saw his wife sitting on the ledge of their balcony.
According to a report published by Al-Akbar Thursday, the family used a technical expert to analyze the video where their daughter jumped from the balcony to see if it could have been staged.
Al-Akhbar also added that investigators filed a request with authorities to retrieve the telecommunications data for the phone call of Ahmad to find out whether he was the one who called Civil Defense teams who arrived 45 minutes later.
It also noted that Ahmad had departed Lebanon but the source said the husband would be called in for questioning once the investigation is reopened.