Man seen beat­ing wife in video ar­rested

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The fol­low­ing crimes were re­ported in Le­banon Thurs­day:

ISF BUSTS MA­JOR GLOBAL DRUG SMUG­GLING OPER­A­TION

The In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces has un­cov­ered a drug traf­fick­ing net­work that had co­or­di­nated with a Cus­toms agent in Le­banon to smug­gle large quan­ti­ties of hashish and Cap­tagon pills abroad, the agency re­ported Thurs­day. The net­work’s ware­house was in Beirut’s south­ern sub­urbs, its state­ment said. On Nov. 1, 10 Le­banese na­tion­als and two Syr­ian na­tion­als were ar­rested in si­mul­ta­ne­ous raids across Le­banon, in con­junc­tion with the ware­house raid, where 2.2 tons of hashish were found. Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the sus­pects ad­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out over 20 hashish and Cap­tagon smug­gling op­er­a­tions. The ISF said the net­work paid a cus­toms agent $200,000 to as­sist in smug­gling the drugs from Le­banon and Syria to Egypt and Libya.

MAN SEEN BEAT­ING HIS WIFE IN VIDEO AR­RESTED

The ISF an­nounced in a state­ment Thurs­day it had ar­rested a man who was seen beat­ing his wife in a video that cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia ear­lier this week. The state­ment said the video, shared Mon­day, showed a man beat­ing his wife while she was “hold­ing a child no older than 2 months old and an­other child who is around a year old sit­ting by her side.” The ISF said “within eight hours” of the video’s pub­li­ca­tion, po­lice de­ter­mined the iden­tity of the man and ar­rested him at his house in the south­ern coastal town of Sarafand shortly there­after. The state­ment iden­ti­fied the man as Syr­ian na­tional S.Z. and his wife as Le­banese na­tional S.N. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, S.Z. ad­mit­ted, while un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion, to be­ing in Le­banon il­le­gally since his res­i­dence pa­pers have ex­pired.

ISF AR­RESTS MAN FOR MUL­TI­PLE CAR THEFTS

The ISF last week ar­rested a man in­volved in a num­ber of car thefts, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased Thurs­day by the agency. The sus­pects stole a Hyundai Tuc­son ve­hi­cle on Oct. 30 in Furn al-Shub­bak and un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to steal three other Hyundai ve­hi­cles. On Nov. 3, the ISF lo­cated the sus­pects in Furn al-Shub­bak, where they stole a Honda CRV and headed to­ward the Bekaa. The ISF ar­rested one of the sus­pects, iden­ti­fied as Le­banese na­tional Aa.H., but the sec­ond sus­pect fled to a for­est af­ter fir­ing at the ISF pa­trol of­fi­cers. Also that day, the ISF found the stolen Hyundai Tuc­son in Beirut’s south­ern sub­urbs. The ve­hi­cle bore a forged li­cense plate that was also likely stolen, ac­cord­ing to the agency. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the agency claimed Aa.H. ad­mit­ted to com­mit­ting seven car rob­beries in var­i­ous ar­eas around Le­banon. –

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