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Murdered Fatah official’s family rejects investigation

SIDON, Lebanon: The family of a recently assassinated Fatah official is opposed to the formation of an investigative committee to look into the circumstances of his murder, according to family sources. 

Gen. Jamil Zaydan was assassinated Monday by unknown gunmen in the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh, but his family doesn’t want to follow the official judicial route. 

“No previous committee of this sort has ever led to any result,” one source said. Zaydan’s assassination is the latest in a string of murders in the camp, and is thought to be a deliberate attempt to destabilize it and incite strife. 

Zaydan acted as a mediator to help solve disputes that arose in the neighborhood where he lived. After the funeral, Zaydan’s brother and PLO officials made statements insisting that security in the camp was paramount.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 13, 2014, on page 4.
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