Man seen beating wife in video arrested
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. –