BEIRUT: A man sought after over the recent killing of a father and his son in the northeast of Lebanon will be handed over to authorities soon, the head of the Gendarmerie said Sunday.
“The man who shot Ghassan and Hadi Saifeddine two days ago in Wata al-Joz, Anthony Khalil, will be handed in to the judicial and security authorities within hours,” said Gen. Joseph Dwaihy.
He was referring to the Thursday killing of Ghassan Saifeddine and his son Hadi, who were shot dead after the former got into a dispute with a man over the right of way in the Kesrouan town of Wata al-Joz, which connects Jbeil to Kesrouan.
The suspect was identified as Anthony Khalil, a 24-year-old from Hrajel.
Dwaihy said that the agreement to hand in Khalil was reached following consultations with his relatives and the dignitaries of Harajel town.
However, the official added that there is still no agreement on the timing and place of handing in the killer.
Angered by the killing, residents from Lassa, a predominantly Shiite town in Jbeil, blocked roads in protest over the weekend.
The relatives of the Saifeddines also warned they would not bury their loved ones in protest.
On Saturday, a Hezbollah delegation visited Lassa to offer condolences over the recent killing.
“A delegation from the party, headed by Sheikh Hasan Zeaiter, visited the town of Lassa and offered condolences to the Saifeddine family,” a statement from the resistance group said Saturday.
Hezbollah said that the delegation managed to persuade the relatives to receive the bodies of their loved one for burial.
The two bodies will be buried Sunday in Lassa, amid concerns of clashes erupting over the incident in the region.
Lassa residents accuse inhabitants of Harajel of covering up for the killer.