ZAHLE, Lebanon: A man and a woman were found dead in a hotel room in the Bekaa Valley town of Anjar, security sources told the Daily Star.
Bilal Ajram, 26, and Monica Sabbagh, 32, were found by hotel staff at 10 a.m. with a single shot to their heads, according to the reports by the forensic evidence experts who examined the two bodies after they were transferred to the nearby Elias Hrawi Public Hospital in the central Bekaa Valley city of Zahle.
Ajram and Sabbagh, both married to other partners and residents of the West Bekaa village of Jib Janin, arrived at the hotel at 1:30 a.m. overnight Monday. Sabbagh has three children.
The sources added that preliminary investigations revealed that Sabbagh was having an affair with Ajram . The two had eloped but Sabbagh later returned to her husband and children.
However, Sabbagh soon renewed relations with her lover and accompanied him to the hotel, where they were killed.
The sources weighed the possibility that Ajram had killed Sabbagh and then killed himself, since the latter was shot in the forehead and the Ajram’s wound was to the right temple. The theory was supported by the fact that gun used in the crime was found on the hotel room bed.
However, the investigation hasn’t ruled out the possibility that a third party had murdered Ajram and Sabbagh.
The incident also brought into question whether the hotel staff had followed Lebanese laws requiring them to ask couples checking in to provide documents proving they were legally married.
If the hotel is found to be in breach of the law it could face closure, which might explain why delay in the reporting of the crime to police by the hotel management.