Lebanon: crowd at funeral for Loqman Slim in Beirut

Murdered intellectual buried in his home garden

11 February, 17:08

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, 11 FEB - An emotional crowd attended the funeral on Thursday in the southern outskirts of Beirut for Loqman Slim, the 58-year-old Shiite intellectual, editor and political activist who was found dead exactly one week ago in southern Lebanon with signs of gunshot wounds.

    The funeral took place in the garden of Slim's family home and was attended by his closest relatives, collaborators, friends, Muslim and Christian religious dignitaries, as well as some Lebanese politicians who were close to Slim and ambassadors to Lebanon from the United States and Germany.

    Slim's wife, Monika Borgman, is of German nationality, and Slim had shared decades of intellectual activity and political struggle with her.

    Precisely for his civil and political commitment, which in recent years was directed more and more against the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, Slim had often attracted attention and threats from followers and sympathizers of the Party of God and Lebanese movements allied with Hezbollah.

    Both the family and US and German ambassadors in attendance at the funeral renewed their request for an independent international investigation to shed light on the circumstances of the murder.

    The Lebanese justice system has opened an investigation against persons unknown.

    No group or entity declared responsibility for his murder.

    (ANSAmed).

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