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Minister’s son runs over two soldiers

BEIRUT: The teenage son of Syria’s justice minister has been involved in a fatal hit-and-run car accident that claimed the lives of two soldiers, according to pro-regime social media and a monitoring group. 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that the accident, which took place last week, saw two elite Republican Guard soldiers fatally injured at a checkpoint in Damascus when they were run over by the son of Minister Najm al-Ahmad. 

The Observatory asked whether the minister would “apply the law” in the case of his son, who is under 18, and was allegedly driving recklessly at the time of the mishap. 

Some pro-regime news websites, meanwhile, said that an attempt was made to pin the accident on the minister’s driver, to shield the son from blame.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 07, 2014, on page 8.

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