Security investigations continue into the assassination of activist Luqman Salim, without revealing any details of the crime yet. The Information Branch is the body that handles the investigations, and it has started its investigations, focusing on surveillance camera recordings in the area from which Salim was kidnapped, all the way to the place where his body was found. The interrogators obtained all the tapes from the cameras they requested in the area. Salim was found dead in his car on a side road adjacent to the eastern route of Tire Al-Zahrani highway, near the town of Al-Adousiya, after he was visiting friends in the locality of Niha near the southern town of Srifa (Tire district). Despite the examination of the body on Thursday, and the issuance of an initial report indicating that Salim was hit by five bullets, three in the head, one in the chest and one in the back, his family announced that they would not accept the forensic report and wanted to appoint a forensic doctor to determine whether Salim had been tortured Before he was killed. It is noteworthy that the body was transported yesterday from Sidon to the American University of Beirut Medical Center.
On the level of international positions condemning the assassination, the European Union mission and the diplomatic missions of the member states of the Union in Beirut issued a joint statement calling for “an immediate investigation of the assassination and bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
For his part, the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, condemned the assassination Thursday, calling for “the perpetrators to be brought to justice urgently.” He declared in a statement, “The United States condemns the heinous assassination of Lokman Salim, one of the prominent Lebanese activists. We add our voice to the international community’s call to bring the killers to justice as soon as possible. ”
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