Lebanon sentences 2 to death for 1982 assassination

After his election as president in 1982, Bachir Gemayel was killed by car bomb in Beirut

Lebanon sentences 2 to death for 1982 assassination

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Lebanese judiciary on Friday handed down death sentences against two defendants accused -- in absentia -- of assassinating Lebanese President-elect Bachir Gemayel in 1982.

Ten days after being elected president by Lebanon’s parliament, Gemayel was killed by a car-bomb explosion in Beirut.

On Friday, Lebanon’s Council of Justice sentenced the only two defendants in the case -- Habib Shartouni and Nabil al-Alam, both of whom remain at large -- to death.

Gemayel emerged in the late 1970s, during Lebanon’s bloody civil war, as a leader of the right-wing Christian Phalangist militia.

In 1980, he succeeded his father to the leadership of the Lebanese Phalanges Party, which played a role in Beirut’s infamous 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre.

Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2017, 13:08
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