BEIRUT: A man suspected of allegedly poisoning his wife to death was acquitted due to lack of evidence, according to a local non-governmental organization, two weeks after Parliament passed a law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office released Roy Hayek, who had reportedly poisoned 30-year-old Christelle Abu Shaqra with a toxic substance typically used as a pesticide in February, according to the gender rights organization KAFA’s Facebook page Monday.
He had been detained while under investigation for the last few months. Abu Shaqra’s relatives said the couple, who lived in the Beirut suburb of Ain al-Roummaneh, had been separated and that she had moved into her parents’ house a few weeks before she died.
Her family alleged that Hayek had a long history of abusing his wife.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 16, 2014, on page 3.