Lebanon News

Taxi driver found dead in south, suspected killer arrested

SIDON/BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces announced Thursday it had arrested a man suspected of killing a taxi driver last weekend.

The ISF said in a statement that the suspect, identified by the initials F.H., had confessed to the crime during interrogation. The suspect allegedly said the he and another man had killed Bassam Iskandar, a taxi driver, as part of a premeditated plan to rob him. The ISF also said he admitted to burying the victim in the Nabatieh area and leaving the car in the Rmeileh area.

Iskandar’s body was found semi-buried near an orphanage in Shoukin near Nabatieh and was taken to the Nabih Berri Governmental University Hospital.

The two criminals had stolen LL120,000 ($80), the statement said.

Iskandar, who was in his 50s, went missing this past weekend. His last phone call with his wife was Saturday night, when he informed her that he had clients who he was going to drive to Nabatieh.

The ISF’s statement revealed that after the car was discovered in Rmeileh by a police patrol Monday, the ISF determined where Iskandar’s car had originally headed to in Nabatieh. At the same time, the ISF had uncovered the identity of two suspects who it said had lured Iskandar to Nabatieh.

The ISF raided their house in the area near the airport road and Raml al-Ali, and arrested F.H.

The alleged accomplice, identified as H.A., had fled to Syria after committing the crime, according to the ISF statement. An arrest warrant has been issued for him.

Iskandar’s brother, Sami, had said the family’s suspicions were raised when the victim’s family received a call Sunday morning from clients who Iskandar was supposed to take to the airport. The clients said they tried calling him since he was late but he didn’t pick up. The family later called security forces in an attempt to determine his whereabouts.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 18, 2019, on page 2.

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