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Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram’s husband charged with 'intentional' murder

Dr Fadi Al Hashem shot dead a man he says broke into their home

Nancy Ajram in concert during the DSF 20th anniversary in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng for The National
Nancy Ajram in concert during the DSF 20th anniversary in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng for The National

The husband of Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram was charged on Wednesday with intentional murder, the state-run National News Agency said.

"The public prosecutor in Mount Lebanon, Judge Ghada Aoun, called on the husband of pop star Nancy Ajram, Dr Fadi Al Hashem, for a full investigation," said a statement by the news agency on Wednesday.

He was referred to the first investigative judge for Mount Lebanon.

Ajram’s husband, celebrity dentist Dr Al Hashem, shot dead a man around dawn on January 5 who he says was armed when he broke into their home and threatened the family, including the couple’s two young children.

Dr Al Hashem was initially detained by authorities but later released after being questioned by a judge.

While the case was initially treated as a case of self-defence during a burglary, the family of the man, Mohammed Hassan Al Moussa, 30, have called for more investigations saying that their son worked for Ajram and was well known to Dr Al Hashem.

A judicial source told Lebanese television channel MTV that Al Moussa's body had 16 gunshot wounds. The gun he was carrying turned out to be fake.

Security camera footage broadcast by local television network MTV shows a man the station identified as Al Moussa, who is wearing a mask, threatening Dr Al Hashem with what appears to be a gun on the morning of January 5.

Dr Al Hashem told MTV that the burglar was carrying one of Ajram’s handbags and asking for money.

He said he “lost his mind” after realising Al Moussa had entered his young daughter’s bedroom.

“I ran to him like a kamikaze. I wanted to cut him into pieces. Even if he shot me,” Dr Al Hashem told MTV.

Speaking to Saudi TV station Al Arabiya from Syria on January 7, Al Moussa’s mother said that her son used to work as a gardener for Ajram and was owed an unspecified amount of money by the couple.

She questioned the surveillance footage of the killing and asked authorities to pursue the case to ascertain the full story.

Al Mussa’s mother said she had not seen him since he left Syria for Lebanon “over 13 years ago” where he got married and had two sons.

Ajram denied this during a tense press conference at her home on January 7.

Speaking out for the first time, last week, Ajram asked the public to put themselves in her husband’s position.

“First of all, Fadi is a father and a husband, he has responsibilities. He is a human being,” she said.

"This is why Fadi, I and our families wished this did not happen, and I would like to offer my condolences for his [the assailant’s] family, mother and wife. Of course, we wish this did not happen to us, but this is due to circumstances, any father would respond if his family is touched by a mere speck of dust."

Updated: January 15, 2020 07:02 PM

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