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Public execution near Iraqi border
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BEIRUT: Members of the Shariah Committee of a town on the border with Iraq have publicly executed a man accused of murder. 

A YouTube video, posted Thursday, purports to show the execution of a young man identified as Yasser Awwad, which took place in front of hundreds of people in a public square of Albu-Kamal. 

During the five-minute video, whose contents could not be independently confirmed, a man representing the committee says that the crime took place three months ago and was followed by a confession by the accused. 

The father of the victim, also a young man, then rejects the idea of accepting financial compensation from Albu-Kamal residents in lieu of punishment. 

The accused murderer appears briefly in the video and is shot in the head at close range, before his body is bundled into a blanket and placed in an ambulance.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 28, 2013, on page 10.
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