Whereabouts of Shooter Vowing to 'Liberate Baabda Palace' Unknownإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The whereabouts of the suspect who appeared in a controversial video message vowing to “liberate the Baabda Palace from the upcoming president” remain unknown.
According to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Thursday, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi referred a three-minute video, which went viral on social media, to General Prosecutor Samir Hammoud in order to apprehend three men and put them on trial.
The video shows three men celebrating the Resistance and Liberation Day on May 25 by opening fire from machine guns from the rooftop of a building, reportedly located in Dahiyeh.
Hammoud tasked the Central Intelligence with identifying the suspects, in particular the man who said statements that “harm the national security and threatens coexistence.”
However, the daily said that the main suspect fled, prompting Hammoud to issue a search and investigation warrant against him.
Information obtained by the daily said that the man fled to the South.
The main suspect said in the video that this “was all in hopes of liberating Baabda from the new president,” he continued eagerly: “On Tariq al-Jadeedah.”
“Bullets will fall like rain today on Tariq al-Jadeedah... Poor them, they're very civilized,” he added.
“Do you have any bomb?” the shooter wondered sarcastically, he then said: “This shot is for the eyes of Bashar Assad... and (Speaker Nabih) Berri.”
The three men fired non-stop until they were out of ammunition.