Lynchmob murder- WARNING GRAPHIC

29 Apr

Lebanese villagers gather near the body of Egyptian Mohammed Msallem after he was stabbed to death and hung on a pole in Ketermaya village in the central Chouf mountains, Lebanon, Thursday, April 29, 2010. Security officials say angry Lebanese villagers have stabbed to death an Egyptian man and hung his body on a pole over his alleged murder of four people from the same family. Msallem had been arrested a day earlier on suspicion of shooting two children aged 7 and 9 and their two elderly grandparents. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)BEIRUT, April 29, 2010 (AFP) - The prime suspect in a gruesome quadruple murder in Lebanon was lynched by an angry mob on Thursday as he was being driven by a police escort to re-enact his crime. Several hundred residents of the southeastern town of Ketermaya, located some 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the capital Beirut, dragged the suspect, identified as Mohammed Muslem, out of a police car and beat him to death as officers watched helplessly, a security official told AFP. Muslem, 38, was the prime suspect in the murder of an elderly couple and their two granddaughters, aged 7 and 9, who were found stabbed to death in their home on Wednesday, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "The town folk apparently knew that he was being taken back to the scene of the crime and were waiting for him," he said. "They pulled him out of the police car, beat him to death and then hung him on an electricity pole. "The officers escorting him couldn't save him." The official said Muslem, an Egyptian citizen, was already wanted in Ketermaya for the rape of a 13-year-old girl about two months ago.Lebanese soldier stands in an army truck next to the body of Egyptian Mohammed Msallem that was stabbed to death in Ketermaya village in the central Chouf mountains, Lebanon, Thursday, April 29, 2010. Security officials say angry Lebanese villagers have stabbed to death an Egyptian man and hung his body on a pole over his alleged murder of four people from the same family. Msallem was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of shooting two children aged 7 and 9 and their two grandparents. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

37 Responses to “Lynchmob murder- WARNING GRAPHIC”

  1. Mohamed April 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Can you please post the original link of the news? We need to verify it for goodness sake. Post the AP link !!!

    • Dalila Mahdawi April 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

      It’s on the press agency wires- there are stories by AP and AFP. I posted the AFP story directly from the wires.

  2. Benoit April 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm #


  3. Appalled_Egyptian April 30, 2010 at 2:10 am #

    That’s why Egyptians are the only civilised people in the region, all Arabs are tribal backwards barbarian nomads.

    • Maya April 30, 2010 at 11:18 am #

      “That’s why Egyptians are the only civilised people in the region, all Arabs are tribal backwards barbarian nomads.” ??????????????????????

      Thats why a ‘CIVILIZED EGYPTIAN” slaughtered TWO children and their grandparents, correct?

      • apalled April 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

        I’m not talking about an individual, I’m referring to an entire nation. Every country has criminals but where do people take the law in their own hands? even if he’s guilty, have you heard of something called a judiciary system, you know..where police investigate evidence and then pass the case to the general prosecutor and then everything goes to court and finally a judge passes a sentence. you know that’s what normally happens in civilised countries.. not in Lebanon obviously.

        This uncontrolled mob behaviour tends to happen in artificial countries created by colonisers, like say, Rwanda ..or maybe Lebanon. Which also explains Genocides and civil wars in such countries. no sense of unity, no sense of State.

        so to answer your question: yes, Egypt is the only civilised country in the region.. the rest, Jews, Arabs, Berbers, Kurds.. more or less Bedouin nomads, originally they were herding goats and living in tents; some got lucky with an oil boom others got lucky with French colonisers coming over to build them cities and declaring them a ‘Nation’ of sorts.

      • mimi April 30, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

        So, You think being civilized is rapping and killing?
        How many girls did you rape, Sir?

    • who's to say April 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

      This is the best joke I heard in ages!!!!! You are living in your own special little world, aren’t you!!!

      • Moh May 3, 2010 at 1:54 am #

        Please, when you’ll have the right to vote your own president then you could say that Egypt is a civilized nation…

      • Zogger May 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

        Lol you haven’t been able to change your president for several decades fool 🙂

      • Joseph August 2, 2012 at 2:43 am #


        Congratulations . . . You have described the United States of America with your above two paragraphs. Regular people over there are politically, socially and historically illiterate, have no sense of whatsoever, and kill each other everyday while the caucasian Americans cover up their crimes under the flag of “Self Defense” protected by a juridical system that reminds me/us of THE WILD WEST era 😉

        Trust me on this one, whoever killed that “civilized” murderer of yours and hanged him will be facing a tough sentence in a Lebanese court, because that Lebanon you have been attacking with your paragraphs taught you the alphabet. That Lebanon you have been prejudicing has taught you the definition of stamina no matter what. That Lebanon you have been bad-mouthing has written history and gave birth to elites that gave the world a lot, and still contributing.

        Anyways, next time before you predjudice get your facts right, my friend . . .



      • Joseph August 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm #


        Have a nice day!



    • Anonymous October 26, 2010 at 12:07 am #

      many egyptians were torn into tiny parts in the courts by other Egyptians.. Guys, please understand that crime has no nationality.. humanity does.. it’s ok! Some humans are criminals.. that does not make egyptians or lebanese or tunisians or algerians criminals! Crime is everywhere.. we however should stay together on the team of the good ‘non criminals’ and support and love each other and not give our real enemy a chance to come between us.

  4. Rory April 30, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    Barbaric animals. But this one would expect from people living back in the stone age.

    • who's to say April 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

      It seems that the entire world is still living in the stone age and the human race is nothing but barbaric animals who learned nothing over the years. It does not matter where you are from Rory, I am sure your people have done something like this or far worse and gave themselves a justification that would ease their consciences, be it War, poverty, self-defense, blaming others ……
      It is really a shame when I see that all the news and the websites are talking about the murderer and judging the angry people whose peace and security were violated by a murderer and rapist who was loose among them; yet the victims and their families are not even acknowledged. It seems that it is worth dissecting and judging a reaction, when the action causing it is more horrific and gruesome. I have yet to see people condemning the murderer and his actions which brought him this fate and calling him a barbaric animal.
      It is worth mentioning that my comment does not mean that I support such actions. I believe that justice should take its course. The justice manifested in the legal system. Having said that I also understand that the reaction of someone who saw the crimes committed against his people/friends/neighbors/family and felt the danger creeping into his community …. is not the same as a person sitting safely behind a computer and making judgments whether it is you or me.

    • Maya May 1, 2010 at 1:49 am #

      Lets see what you would do if your mother and father and two children were slaughtered by some man who was in your country illegally because he had ran away from Egypt because he was wanted on a series of other crimes.


  5. appalled April 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    so who benefits from such news.. take a wild guess

    so what did the Lebanese/mob/whatsitvillage achieve with this vindictive murder? Israel the helpless innocent small state bordered by Arab savages.. sometimes I wonder if they are right, today I’m not.

  6. anonymous April 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    its a crazy justice dont u think, let another person dare try and comitt those horrific crimes there again

  7. Tamer Mohammad April 30, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    this man deserves to die but not in this bloody f*ckin barbarian way lebanon is supposed to be a civilised country and that means a strong army and police ,but we all know that lebanese guys are gays and they will stay gays and after wat egypt had done to lebanon thats how u thank us u f*ckers i wish that

  8. 4G61T April 30, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Lebanese apparently do not understand the word ‘suspect’ and obviously they do not know what a judiciary system is.

    Now justice is done without motive? without REAL evidence and without ever finding out if there were accomplices(if indeed he was the one)?!

    In 2005 there was a strikingly similar double homicide at that same town and the perpetrators were never caught and that guy wasn’t living there at that time.

    amazingly, in a country where top politicians get assassinated almost monthly and they never accuse anyone, their world renowned for competence police were able to point fingers in less than 24 hours with DNS results in less than 12 hours; DNA which was conveniently collected from blood stains on a shirt and knife found in his flat. now.. that’s one very stupid murderer if you ask me or perhaps one very unfortunate scapegoat is more like it.

    I studied criminology and it’s a textbook case..I bet me life it was a fam member who killed them. However we did not study how thousands can suddenly turn into murderers. Lynching is somewhat common in Latin America but it never involves more than 5 or 6 guys but I’ve never seen an entire blood-thirsty village. There is something very sick about Lebanese people.

  9. F**ker Deserved It April 30, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    While there were better ways of handling the situation, that Egyptian c**ks*cker deserved it. Let him f*cking rot in Hell. Also XD @ Benoit

  10. Harry May 1, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    ”That’s why Egyptians are the only civilised people in the region, all Arabs are tribal backwards barbarian nomads.”

    Are you kidding me? How about those innocent christians slaughtered while getting out of the church on easter? And so many similar crimes commited in name of ALLAH, I guess that is how the Civilized Egyptians live.
    What a scumbag.

  11. cindy May 1, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    We all have to put ourselves in their shoes, and yes in a lot of islamic countries – if there are 4 witnesses to the crime, you would be stoned for this! But first of all we have to try and get into teir mind set and you have to understand exactly what he did to these people, it was very horrific for these villagers, and unfortunatley all of these stories dont go into detail. If you understand arabic in this link from LBC one of the victims family members is speaking about the crime committed against the family. first of all, a 13 year old girl was raped, he was going to be charged,so he went to the victims grandparents and asked if they could persude his victims parents to marry her, that way it wouldnt be considered rape. her grandparents said no, they couldnt help him. So later he went over there, with his butcher tools (yes he was a butcher) he stabbed the grandmother, cut off her nose ears other body parts, he beat her and part of her brain was exposed, made her suffer and stabbed her to death, hid her body in the bathroom, waited for the grandfather, did the same , hid him in the bedroom, waited for the children and did the same, the little girl was stabbed 23 times and also had body parts chopped of . the mother of the children, and raped child came to her parents house and found this bloody horrific scene, and the pain and aguish she felt must have been unberable, to see her parents and children……….. slaughtered!..This man is also said to have committed murder in Egypt.

    • appalled May 2, 2010 at 1:18 am #

      all what you are saying is hearsay.. that’s not you understand what evidence is??

      he raped, he did not rape, he tried to rape..the girl is 12, no wait, she’s, no wait..she’s she’s 15, this time i’m sure?he committed lots or crimes and then apparently one the crimes in Egypt was murder? WHERE IS YOUR PROOF

      you know what a proof is? it’s documents, sentences, CRIMINAL RECORDS, where is that freaking ageless girl he tried to rape, what is her name?

      however if you think a person deserves to be lynched on hearsay without evidence then you need to have brain checked..actually if you do believe anyone should be llynched even when guilty then you should get your brain checked anyways.

  12. cindy May 1, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    oops forgot to post the link this is the link to the LBC story on youtube!g

    your warned: very disturbing images!

    • Asmaa May 2, 2010 at 1:12 am #

      Yes, he was a butcher? so? does that prove anything. Are you suggesting that butcher is instant mix for murderer? or are you saying only a butcher can do this crime?

      Say it again in your mind and see how stupid it sounds.

  13. My name is MU May 1, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    The New Jesus!!

  14. John May 1, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Only in the middle east…And people standing around like it didn´t matter

  15. appalled May 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm #


    the girl is 13? or 12 or 15 or 16 because there doesn’t seem to be consistent report regarding her age.. doesn’t she have a birth certificate? maybe she doesn’t exist at all..who is she, what is her name??

    did she get raped? really because the official police state states attempted rape..that could mean anything, it could even mean he was a sexual offender not a rapist and of course all you idiotic arabs don’t know the’s all soap to you or rape. if there was a rape or attempted rape why isn’t he in PRISON AWAITING TRIAL?!

    he committed several crimes in Egypt? alright, what are those crimes what are the nature of those crimes?? did he get sentenced for them? WHERE IS HIS CRIMINAL RECORD IN EGYPT??

    you know anyone can say someone committed several crimes somewhere else, if you don’t have proof then it’s not true.

    yes harry, there were isolated atrocities on the coptic minority in an upper egypt village, the DRIVEBY SHOOTING was committed by 6 individuals.. 6 not an entire village, see the difference?? those 6 are in prison now.

    as for the BOGUS DNA results.. the mighty lebanese police who couldn’t accuse anyone for almost daily assassination, sent the DNA evidence to france simply because they don’t the proper capacity or technology for a proper DNA analysis .. now out of the blue they have acquired such technology and even if that is true

    contaminated DNA testing takes several weeks to produce valid results
    contaminated DNA=DNA from a crime scene
    valid=results=can stand in court without REASONABLE DOUBT

    yet the geniuses in the country of now law and order can produce DNA results in less than 12 hours, do you lebanese have any brains or they actually function the same way as those mob who did the public execution with CHEERS AND INFRONT OF CHILDREN

  16. Harold May 2, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    I can’t believe that some people are actually justifying this and there’s a debate about it. in the 21st century!
    What would you do if you were in their shoes? I would let the law take care of it, no matter how angered and distressed I will control my feelings because that’s what normal human beings so, besides i don’t really see angered people and I find it hard to believe that hundreds are the immediate family of the victims, what I can easily tell is that people are enjoying themselves having fun and snapping pics.

    For decades Lebanon has been synonymous for mayhem, I guess not much has changed..

  17. John May 2, 2010 at 4:38 am #

    It’s like a glance back into the time when this country was savage and summary justice used to be a lottery over whether the innocent or guilty were punished.

  18. Ghost May 3, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    People who always mention the “21st century” make it seem like we are all advanced now and civilised before the 21st century. I think such people lack knowledge of history and are totally oblivious to reality.

    We are doing worse things than what our ancestors used to do incase you didn’t know Harold.

  19. Ghost May 3, 2010 at 9:59 am #


    Actually yesterday they proved he commited the crime moron.

  20. KAS May 4, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    Were they stabbed or shot?
    A person with no criminal history does not just stab/shoot 4 people without compelling motive. Rapists and murderers have different profiles. If he indeed raped a girl, and felt remorse thus trying to marry her, the last thing he would do is kill 4 people. We are to assume also that by seeking the grandparents intervention, he is admitting to the rape!
    This nature of this killing is too personal.
    What was the DNA found at the scene?
    And, by the way, what happened to the Ethiopian Airline?

  21. appalled May 6, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    yes, that’s a proof. no wonder you’re a banana republic. express DNA results in 12 hours from the same people who needed the french and the swiss experts for DNA matches.

    only a court of law is entitled to make a conviction you retard
    Forensic science expert and Lebanese American University professor Omar Nashabeh criticised the ISF statement, and accused the authorities of mishandling the situation.

    “The match between the two [blood] samples does not automatically mean conviction, because such a verdict must be issued by an independent court. Regardless of the available evidence, no authority but the court has the right to issue a verdict. What happened means that there is no justice in Lebanon,” he told Al-Shorfa.

    now read this and use your head for a change(that is if you do actually have grey matter inside your head)


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