Husband Tapes Wife's Suicide from 8th Floor in Beirut

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In a dramatic video that has shocked the Lebanese society, Amena Ismail is seen sitting on the balcony ledge of her eighth floor apartment before jumping to her death as her husband desperately tries to convince her not to commit suicide.

“Your mother does not deserve this … you can forget about me if you're not happy with me ,” the husband, Kifah Fairouz Ahmed, tells his wife in a weeping tone moments before she throws herself from the building that is located in the upper-class Beirut district of Ramlet al-Bayda.

LBCI television said the video was leaked by a policeman after Kifah handed it over to security forces.

Media reports said Kifah is a diamond businessman, noting that he had returned with his wife Amena from Belgium only days before she committed suicide.

The video was first uploaded to YouTube by civil society activist Louna Safwan.

Al-Jadeed television quoted a source close to Kifah's family as saying that the couple had a good, harmonious relationship and that they were married around six months ago.

Reports said Kifah was released on bail on Tuesday morning after a brief detention and video footage showed him taking part in the funeral in the southern city of Tyre.

Comments 49
Thumb benzona 30 July 2013, 22:20

Quel dommage. Elle était si jolie. Let him rot in jail before rotting in hell.

RIP Madame.

Thumb zahle1 31 July 2013, 03:16

I don't know why FlameThrower gets so many thumbs down for every comment regardless of what he says. I don't think based on this video alone we can point fingers at the husband. It's not like FlameThrower said Hezbollah only keeps weapons for Israel resistance. Save your thumbs down for that :)

Missing ramezg 31 July 2013, 07:49

Pourquoi insultes-tu le pauvre mari? Qu'a-t-il fait, lui, de mauvais? De quel droit l'insultes-tu?

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 11:19

benzona nous a depuis longtemps habitués a ses accusations systématiques et infondées, en tant que membre du peuple élu il se sent le droit de juger les êtres inférieurs que nous sommes sur un simple coup de tête.

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 11:17

lol yea bezona definitely gets too many thumbs down, i'd suggest we give him thumbs up his ... ;)

Default-user-icon didi (Guest) 31 July 2013, 11:51

good point FT!

Default-user-icon Zukkero Faziolli (Guest) 31 July 2013, 19:04

Let who rot and why? I have not yet heard Dr. Arreet 7akeh predict who the culprit might be this year, and honestly I personally cannot wait until 2014 to hear what his updated prediction will be in this regard. And now that allouchti is nowhere to be found and the savant GabbyMarch14 is focused exclusively on the perpetual fall of the "ASSad" regime every Wednesday, we are at a loss!!! RIP, common sense and humbleness.

Thumb benzona 30 July 2013, 22:33

«The video was first uploaded to YouTube by civil society activist Louna Safwan.»

I hope Luna Safwan will get jail time too. Uploading it to the web is a disgrace to the late victim, the surviving husband not to mention her family.

Activism is good, but this video is voyeurism. It's not constructive. I'm disgusted.

Missing ramezg 31 July 2013, 07:52

So you're going to throw mud at everyone involved? What the hell is your problem, benzona? If Louna Safwan did not upload it someone else would have. Naharnet just posted it on their web site, and so did pretty much every media outlet. Are you going to accuse them too of being disgraceful? A woman committed suicide, it happens all the time, may she rest in peace, and the rest of us have had this uncommon yet troubling privilege to watch her do it on video. We don't need to go insult everyone involved!

Thumb benzona 31 July 2013, 14:58

Avec quoi tu viens? Un privilège? C'est du voyeurisme. Cette vidéo n'a RIEN a faire dans les médias, et s'il ne s'agissait pas d'un flic peu scrupuleux qui DOIT être rétrogradé ou viré.... Personne n'aurait pu l'uploader. Et s'il sagit d'une manigance de la part du mari, la presse devient son outil et donc indirectement complice du crime!

Thumb benzona 31 July 2013, 15:00

Je l'accuse de mal avoir agi. De ne pas avoir fait le nécessaire pour prévenir le suicide. Pleurnicher comme il le faisait se lamentant sur son sort n'était pas approprié.

Missing youngheart 30 July 2013, 22:36

I'm scratching my head on this one . Who in their right mind would video tape ones' wife suicide jumping from the 8th floor? Was she given anything before the terrible act ? How conviniance it was for the camera to just be so accessible at a crucial moment ? If he had the time to bring out the camera why did he not go and call the neighbours just beyond his front door ? Why was it so important to capture it on camera ? Who did he want this bad episode so desperately to see it & why?
I think there are too many questions than answers. There should be an autopsy including toxicology report as well as an investigation into their background ! The picture then should start to come out.

Thumb terminator 30 July 2013, 23:07

Ills jahanam.
Suicide deserves no sympathy.

Thumb primesuspect 31 July 2013, 00:01

they were married for 6 months only. Apparently the husband was not treating her well..... Rest in Peace Amina. The video is sick.

Thumb primesuspect 31 July 2013, 00:38

Si, there must have been some oddity in their relacionship. perhaps he forced her to do not so catholic things.... u know wat i mean.

I hope Naharnet will follow up on this story.

Missing Cloudhopper 31 July 2013, 02:17

True colors shine again, scumbag, you will always be.

Default-user-icon Jabril (Guest) 31 July 2013, 00:23

Booo hooooo. There are people living in poverty and hunger in the same city I live in. All they want is something to eat and freedom to live in peace while I get to live in a life of luxury and travel on holiday to foreign nations. My life is sooooo terrriiibblllleeeee. *jump*

Thumb benzona 31 July 2013, 15:01

Ahmad, t'es sorti du camp?

Default-user-icon batata (Guest) 31 July 2013, 00:27

it's probably a homicide that he's trying to disguise as a suicide. why would he be filming at that point? and the movie doesn't continue to see her fall. And you don't see her face clearly. The movement of the camera doesn't look natural either. I think this is definitely homicide, not suicide.

Missing formerlebaniz 31 July 2013, 01:53

It is clear that she's either mentally disturbed or under some heavy medications. You can not in no way be this calm when you are suicidal. Yes, people that are convinced suicide is their only way out are usually calm about but not THIS calm.

In either ways my sincere condolences. Also, to the smart ones that said he should've called the authorities what would they do? We have the most inept police department ever. I highly doubt they even have a psychologist on staff that would've worked with her.

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 11:55

another suicide expert with a PhD in psychology and behaviorism

Thumb benzona 31 July 2013, 15:04

T'es grave.... Avec tes piques.

Les personne qui vont commettre un suicide sont généralement très sereines et souriantes avant de passer à l'act. D'où, la difficulté....

J'en ai malheureusement croisé dans ma courte vie.

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 16:34

ben of zona, tu me reproches mes piques et moi je te reproches tes accusations trop faciles, et aux autres leur prétendue expertise qu'ils déballent comme si on les avait nommés juges d'instruction.
tu as peut être rencontré certaines personnes suicidaires, mais cela ne fait pas de toi un expert non plus, j'ai aussi été confronté a certaines situations qui n'ont rien a faire sur un forum public, mais dont je peux dire qu'elles étaient tout sauf calmes.
je ne prétend pas pour autant que toutes doivent se passer de la même manière, il y a certainement autant de scenarii possibles qu'il y a de personnalités

Default-user-icon batata (Guest) 31 July 2013, 02:33

Definitely a homicide that he's trying to disguise as a suicide. He should stay in custody longer while they analyze the body. Very classic story, where the husband is usually the killer.

Missing cedars 31 July 2013, 04:32

Her husband was deported from Belguim for being Hizbollah supporter.

Missing helicopter 31 July 2013, 04:47

No way, it was a zionist American scheme. Right M8er?

Missing Lebanonwbass 31 July 2013, 05:13

what a loss, I feel sorry for her family. RIP

Missing jingle_jangle 31 July 2013, 06:16

I'm sure she was going through a terrible phase, but she also likely had mental health problems.

It is certainly odd that the husband was filming it, but it'll sure come in handy because you have to admit "my wife threw herself off a balcony" would have been suspicious to the police.

Thumb Senescence 31 July 2013, 18:01

He was probably filming the apartment or the view or some such. The camera's obviously dangling or at least inconspicuously in his hand as would be the case if you were filming something and you saw that scene. Knowing of the physiology of acute stress his hands would make for a tighter grip instead of letting the camera fall.

Eh, obviously some sort of mental health problem as is usually the case with suicide(e.g. clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, suicide-fantasizing tendencies and the like).

At least for me, the man's pleas were seemingly genuine and well, the best we could have done I suppose.

Default-user-icon sloane (Guest) 31 July 2013, 07:38

Please people,before judging or jumping to any conclusion,i would like to clarify some facts here.
First of all,the question of how he happened to be filming is because it's a new apartment(as you can see the lack of glass on the balcony where she sat before jumping) that he had just bought and he was over with his late wife overseeing the renovation while filming around and taking pictures when he noticed his wife had gone out.
Now there maybe some issues with her (mental or otherwise).
Her elder sister had also committed suicide as i know.
What had transpired between her and her husband God only knows.
The above stated are facts i know from a very close relative of the husband who is in daily contact with him.
I also met him briefly at one time.So until the autopsy is done and revealed if she was on heavy meds(which i suspect due to her calmness and indifference about the act she is committing),all we can say is R.I.P..and may God forgive her poor soul.

Default-user-icon Jean-pierre Jalkh (Guest) 31 July 2013, 10:14


Default-user-icon didi (Guest) 31 July 2013, 11:39

autopsy revealed no drugs found in her system

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 11:16

wow you guys seem to be experts on suicide, i'm guessing you have a hollywood degree?

Default-user-icon Von Beik (Guest) 31 July 2013, 11:27


Well said

with you 100%

Default-user-icon didi (Guest) 31 July 2013, 11:42

Add this to women rights in Lebanon! some are killed by their men and some others are played by their men to commit suicide!
This women has been clearly pushed into this suicidal state of mind!

Default-user-icon Proud2beLeb (Guest) 31 July 2013, 12:40

The video is quite sickening and should be removed from all websites.
There's no excuse for suicide, but no one knows what was going on between her and her husband. I can only feel for her family at this time.

Default-user-icon MK (Guest) 31 July 2013, 13:32

It is clear that she is under the influence of a substance that has impaired her reactions. It almost appears like she was dipping into a pool. It seems also there is a 3rd person with them as the Shadow is moving faster than the camera motion plus his other hand is holding an object whilst the other is in his pocket.

Default-user-icon Robot (Guest) 31 July 2013, 14:24

We are in a time where we have to capture everything on film rather than act! the effect of social media

Default-user-icon dieschmekt (Guest) 31 July 2013, 14:50

my guess is : the husband put her under a lot of pressure day after day and she seems to have a problem ... and the husband videoing all this to prove his innocence before she even jumped! sometimes to can push someone mentally to suicide and this is what happens, the husband cries and shouts etc are fake

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 16:29

watched the end several times, pausing it when we see the shadow.

actually only a couple of frames show a weird shape extending from his hand. frames before and after show an empty hand. could be just a glitch

Default-user-icon Fashingo Zingala (Guest) 31 July 2013, 17:14

Does the husband not sound a bit too effeminate? I sense a betrayal on his part but not with another woman, which would be a doubly-shocking matter to a troubled wife who probably thought she married a man's man.

Default-user-icon Lemony snickers (Guest) 31 July 2013, 17:44

he filmed her so that he'll have proof that he didn't kill her.

Default-user-icon Reina (Guest) 31 July 2013, 18:24

i think its the phone he was using that shows in the shadow.. this video is very disturbing

Thumb _mowaten_ 31 July 2013, 18:47

exactly my feeling right here

Default-user-icon Eagle (Guest) 31 July 2013, 23:40

The full vodeo is just below 2min length, it shows the husband filming the appt rooms that were under work until he noticed her sitting on the edge of the unfinished balcony. He had the life saving reflex of continuing filming while trying to reason with her. You never rush towards someone in such cases. He was known to the wifes own family for his kindness to her and the very fact none among them ever doubted his version is proof of his innocence. Unfortunately the girl experienced early trauma related to a missing father who was put early in a mental institution and she suffered chronic depression

Missing bittersweet 01 August 2013, 00:44

i hope shes finding peace in another place now far from this cruel life, that she prefered not to live, she found nothing is worth to make her face such world, not a husband that kept taping his wife commiting suicide instead of running to catch her, not a father who sexually abused her sister.. nothing did make her stay, must been difficult what she passed through and all my respect to her may she now be resting in peace the peace the became hard to find in this world

Default-user-icon Eagle (Guest) 01 August 2013, 04:51

Hello I don't understand why wasn't my coment posted?

Missing MyNigga 01 August 2013, 08:10

My guess is that the husband was abusive.

He intimidated her into killing herself and filmed it as well as his "dramatic" reaction in order to use it to "show his innocence" if he was accused for it.

Knowing how much domestic violence goes untold in Lebanon, my theory isn't too far fetched!

Default-user-icon Ron (Guest) 07 August 2013, 09:14

Have you even gotten your head out of your ostrich hole to notice that not one, not a single member of her family, close or far, not one of her many friends and acquaintances ever stood up to denounce a supposed case of mistreatment that drove her to commit suicide? But no, you want the world to take your wishful thinking as a reality instead of considering the facts.