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After the disappearance and ambiguity about his fate, the body of the Lebanese activist and researcher Luqman Salim was found, Thursday, in his car in southern Lebanon. While local media reported that he was shot twice in the head.
A few moments after the news of his death was confirmed, the late friend, the Lebanese political analyst, Makram Rabah, wrote on his Twitter account: “The multiplicity of death and the criminal is one Brother, Luqman, who is a stupid and a criminal who sought to kill you.”
– makram rabah (@makramrabah) February 4, 2021
For its part, the Future Movement of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri warned against the return of the series of assassinations and the targeting of activists. In a statement today, he expressed his condemnation in the strongest terms of this “heinous crime”, calling on the competent authorities to work to clarify the truth as soon as possible.
In turn, the Lebanese Interior Minister, Mohamed Fahmy stressed that what happened was a horrific and condemned crime, saying in press statements, “I made contacts with the leaders of the security services to follow up the repercussions of the assassination of the researcher and political activist Luqman Salim.
A message from his sister
On Wednesday night, the Luqman family released a distress message, asking those who know about him to contact them.
Rasha Salim Al-Amir, sister of the researcher and political analyst, known for his fierce opposition to Hezbollah, wrote on Twitter as well as on her Facebook account that “her brother left the Niha area in the south to return to Beirut, but he has not returned yet. His phone is not answered. He has no effect in hospitals.”
My brother #Luqman_slim Left #Niha South of 6 hours, he returned to Beirut and he did not return yet. His phone is not answered, he has no trace in the hospitals. Who knows about him to contact me graciously.
– Rasha al Ameer (@Rashalisa) February 3, 2021
Lead and muffler
It is noteworthy that the Shiite opposition has always criticized Hezbollah and its weapons, considering that its agendas are external, which precede Iran’s interest over Lebanon’s interest, and it has always been considered that the party exercises the power of repression and control over the minds of its supporters.
He had previously been subjected to several betrayal campaigns by loyalists and supporters of the party and the Amal movement, so that last year they entered the garden of his home, leaving him a threatening message, waving bullets and a silencer, which prompted the researcher to issue a statement in which he held responsibility for any assault on Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah, and the Amal Movement, headed by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri.
From philosophy to politics
Luqman was born in Haret Hreik in the suburb of Beirut in 1962, then moved to France in 1982 to study philosophy at the Sorbonne University.
He returned to the Lebanese capital in 1988.
In 1990, he established a publishing house that publishes Arabic literature and articles with controversial content, whose publications range from books banned by the Lebanese General Security to the first Arabic translations of the writings of Muhammad Khatami, the former Iranian reformist president, which stirred controversy within the Shiite community in Lebanon.
In addition, he ran the Umam Center for Documentation and Research, which devotes a large part of the resources to the recording of Lebanese history and the collection of historical documents.
He was distinguished by his solid positions on Hezbollah, which he subjected to numerous campaigns of distorting the image, of treason, and accusations of being an agent.