BEIRUT: Pop singer-turned-Salafist militant Fadel Shaker is set to release a new song for Eid al-Fitr, despite arrest warrants issued against him for his assault on the military in Abra.
Rotana Record Label announced that it was in the process of issuing a new song from the wanted Lebanese singer, who still remains at large.
The record label confirmed on Facebook that the song would be launched for Eid al-Fitr, noting that Shaker had recorded the song before retiring.
Rotana did not say if the singer had approved the release. Fadel Shamandour – known by his stage name Fadel Shaker – has repeatedly affirmed his retirement, asking audiences not to listen to his songs so as not to increase his religious immorality.
Shaker had previously addressed his fans in an interview, urging them "not to dream of becoming singers, because [singer’s] hearts are filled with delusions and pain," adding that "the singer manufactures happiness [for others] but is [personally] sad inside because of distance from God."
Shaker, alongside firebrand Ahmad al-Assir and the preacher's militias, fought pitched battles with the Lebanese Army in the summer of 2013 that killed more than 20 soldiers along with 28 gunmen loyal to Assir.
Assir’s most notorious protégé, Shaker alleged that he personally murdered two members of the Army during the 2013 attacks.
First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda issued indictments, requesting the death penalty for 57 individuals, including Shaker and Assir, who also remains at large.
Shaker is thought to be hiding out somewhere in the Taamir neighborhood outside Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in the Sidon suburbs.