A post-mortem examination revealed that Slim was shot four times in the head and once in the back, the state-run National News Agency reported.
According to his sister Rasha, her brother went missing overnight after visiting a poet friend of his and he would not answer his phone, according to a tweet by his wife who was trying to reach him.
It prompted his family to worry, and for a valid reason.
Slim was receiving an alarming number of threats following a recent television interview in which he had criticized the broken political scene in Lebanon and urged the formation of a new government.
“The claim to the neutrality of Lebanon today, despite its importance, remains unenforceable in light of Hezbollah’s domination of the country and the government,” Slim had stated in that interview.
According to his sister Rasha, her brother had told her that he had been worried about his fate, even predicting a year ago that if anything bad were to happen to him, Hezbollah would be fully responsible “for what happened and what might happen.”
Rasha was at the police station to report him missing when she found out about her brother’s gruesome murder through a news alert.
His phone was found on the side of a road.
“What a big loss. And they lost a noble enemy too… It’s rare for someone to argue with them and live among them with respect,” she said, hinting about Hezbollah. “Killing is the only language they are fluent in,” she added.
Soon after the announcement of Lockman Slim‘s murder, dozens of anti-Hezbollah protesters gathered in front of the Justice Palace in Beirut, expressing their anger and demanding justice.
Our team works tirelessly to ensure Lebanese people have a reliable alternative to the politically-backed media outlets with their heavily-funded and dangerous propaganda machines. We've been detained, faced nonstop cyber attacks, censorship, attempted kidnapping, physical intimidation, and frivolous lawsuits draining our resources. Financial support from our readers keeps us fighting on your behalf. If you are financially able, please consider supporting The961's work. Support The961. Make a contribution now.