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Soldier Who Shot Lebanese Protester Dead Charged With Murder

Soldier Who Shot Lebanese Protester Dead Charged With Murder

Thursday, 21 November, 2019 - 14:30
Lara, the wife of Alaa Abou Fakher who was killed by a Lebanese soldier on Tuesday night protests in southern Beirut, mourns over her husband's body during his funeral procession, in Choueifat neighborhood, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. AFP

Lebanon´s state-run National News Agency said a soldier who shot and killed a protester in Beirut last week has been charged by a military prosecutor with murder.

The agency reported that a colonel who was on the scene with the soldier at the time of the shooting was also charged Thursday, according to AFP.

On Nov. 12, Alaa Abu Fakhr was shot dead by the soldier, who was trying to open a road closed by protesters in southern Beirut, marking the first death since widespread protests against Lebanon´s ruling elite began Oct. 17.

The soldier, who has been under detention since the day of the shooting, and the colonel were referred to a military investigative judge who will start questioning them on Monday, according to NNA.

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