Lynchmob murder – WARNING GRAPHIC

29 Apr

Lebanese men display the body of Egyptian Mohammed Msallem after he 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)


8 Responses to “Lynchmob murder – WARNING GRAPHIC”

  1. LaZaytouni April 29, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    How disgustingly barbaric.

    How ashamed I am of our fellow countrymen.

    This is Lebanese Justice for you.

    An accused man is butchered by a village who watches in admiration. What must go through your mind to murder someone and then hold their body up for all to see?

    What a disgrace. These idiotic people don’t even realize they are just as bad as the man they just murdered.


  2. Rage April 30, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Why don’t you try to imagine your 7 and 9 year old children killed by someone and then multiply that rage x 1000 and think again… It is very easy to talk and judge until it happens to you… God Forbid.

    • Dalila Mahdawi April 30, 2010 at 10:36 am #

      With all due respect Rage, that is what the courts are there for. If we all went around killing people who we thought were criminals, there would surely be no one left in the world! Besides, let us not forget that this man was a suspect in the crime. People are saying he admitted to the killing, but we should also remember that many confessions in this country are extracted through torture – it’s possible Msellem confessed to the crime under duress.
      The murder of the children and grandparents is of course a horrific act, but extrajudicial killings, such as this brutal one in Ketermaya, suggest to the public that it is perfectly acceptable to return to the barbarism of the Middle Ages and to flout the law. The murderers of this man are as repulsive as the person who killed that family. No one should have the right to take away another person’s life, no matter how heinous the crime.

      • Le Colleague April 30, 2010 at 11:40 am #

        I was told about this and was prepared for the worst before I saw the image. When I did see it, I was speechless for 5 minutes.

        To echo LaZaytouni’s thoughts, Lebanese justice makes me sick to my stomach. We’ve all heard about mishaps and gaffes here and there where justice was completely disregarded, but this… This is a whole new level and words like justice and violence are simply too weak to describe it.
        What a shame. a complete shame coming at a time where Lebanon’s reputation and state are dwindling in terms of every governmental, social, economic aspect you can think of.

        To have someone try and rationalize this (Rage) as a normal reaction to (a) loved one(s)’s death is simply an indication that this kind of behavior and ‘philosophy’ is more widespread than we’d like to think. We live in a society where a petty insult in traffic can lead to sometimes bloody consequences. This murder should be less surprising than it was. But one can’t help it.

        What a shame.

  3. appalled April 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    and the idiots ruined a classic merc

    .. and 7,000 years later, Egypt is still the only civilization in the region (unless you consider Mesopotamia was a civilisation, small tribes constantly in bloody warfare amongst each, still happening to this day?)

  4. Arabiyon May 2, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    Truely barbaric, and horrifying on so many levels. Torture in the most inhumane circumstances, disgracing a corpse? I’m not sure how any one can comprehend how people behave like animals. Obiviously the initial crimes is truely awful, but this is truely shocking. Now these people are on film and their photos are splashed every where, the authorities should punish them for their crimes.

  5. Sarah Abi-Chahine November 25, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    When one tries to imply peace in an community, you do not impose violence to attain peace.
    I understand that the actions taken by the Egyptian was out of complete insanity. After dealing with people who tend to demoralize you and treat you with disrespect, it can push you over the edge by pursuing irrational behaviour… Hence, him taking revenge.
    But of course, this does not justify his actions.
    If you think about it, if the people in Lebanon learn to show respect and treat people equally, thing might have not gone along this path…
    Based on the verdict which the village have taken, I completely believe that it is barbaric. I do understand their rage but as I have mentioned earlier, to gain peace with in your community you are not suppose to imply violence. The whole concept is actually quite contradicting and it is actually quite ironic because if you pay close attention to the series of events, the people of the village do stand on a parallel line as the Egyptian man. When one is driven out of rage, they do not have a moment of rationalization to evaluate the course of their actions which makes them fall short in decision making… Maybe they have taken their vengeance, but I strongly hope that they are living a life of great regret. Clearly the following action was not dignified. It was rather animalistic… What I personally found even more shocking is that they are capable of committing such a bloody act and not have one sense of remorse.
    In conclusion, I strongly believe that when it falls to such case, government must take the authority in judgment and not civilians. Having such a blood drench show is not exemplary to the children in that community. In life, one must learn to be exemplary by stepping on higher grounds.


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