BEIRUT: The widow of a recent murder victim and two other people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the grisly crime.
The body of Malek Mohieddine was found burned inside his car Sunday near the village of Wadi Zeineh, south of Beirut.
Mohieddin’s wife, identified only as Z. SH., 31, allegedly conspired with the two other suspects to kill her husband and dispose of his body, security sources told The Daily Star.
The sources said the two male suspects were identified by the initials A.S, 24 years of age, and M.A., 20.
The two men were reportedly let into the victim’s home in Beirut’s southern suburbs by his wife Saturday night after she and A.S. communicated using the WhatsApp chat application.
The sources said A.S. allegedly strangled Mohieddine in his sleep, and loaded his body into the victim’s car, a Nissan, which he drove to Wadi Zeineh before settling it on fire with the body in the front seat. He then returned to Beirut by cab, security sources said.
The Baabda judicial police took the lead in solving the crime. A.S. was arrested Wednesday in the town of Kfar Sir in Nabatieh, while M.A. was apprehended in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
The arrests follow a spate of abductions and other crimes that has united leaders across the political spectrum in calling for increased security measures.
They come just a day after a meeting of the Higher Defense Council pledged a crackdown against lawlessness, and an address by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, who vowed criminals would receive no political cover from Hezbollah and that “no area in Lebanon is off limits to the Army and police.”