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Judge charges suspects in Chouf shooting

Cedar trees are seen in the Chouf forest, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. (Mahmoud Kheir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: Two suspects involved in a shooting, which claimed the life of one man and wounded two others in the Chouf region, were charged with murder and attempted murder Thursday, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged an official from the Progressive Socialist Party, Ayman al-Fatayri, with murder and charged the other suspect, Marwan al-Ashqar, with attempted murder, the sources said.

The shooting took place over the weekend in the town of Bekaata in the Chouf region between PSP supporters and their rivals in the Arab Tawhid Party.

Three people were injured in the incident and one victim, Jad Beaini, died later from his wounds after being admitted to a local hospital.

Following the clash that took place on Saturday, the Arab Tawhid party issued a statement saying that Fatayri opened fire on Arab Tawhid supporters after he had been involved in a dispute with a restaurant owner in the area.

Media reports said that Ashqar was the restaurant owner and that Fatayri intervened in the dispute.

The Tawhid statement said that Fatayri then fled towards the town of Mukhtara and called on PSP to hand him over to the authorities.

For its part, the PSP said it handed Fatayri over to authorities, and said the dispute was “personal and has no political or factional links.”





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