Syrian man confesses to killing his wife in Facebook Live video

Abu Marwan allegedly appeared in a Facebook Live video soon after murdering his wife. (Photo: Screen grab courtesy of social media)
Updated 05 March 2018
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Syrian man confesses to killing his wife in Facebook Live video

CAIRO: With drops of blood falling from his hands, a Syrian man appeared in a Facebook Live video soon after murdering his wife, according to newspapers reports.
The man, identified as Abu Marwan, is a Syrian refugee residing in Germany, who stabbed his wife to death on Friday and aired his confession in a live video on Facebook.
He claimed that he killed his wife because “she wanted to marry another Lebanese man after divorcing him,” German news reports have said.
Abu Marwan, 41, reportedly killed his wife, 37, by stabbing her at least five times in the neck, before escaping with his twelve-year-old son.
He then appeared in a Facebook Live stream, alongside his son, to justify why he stabbed his wife to death. The suspect was seen in the video holding a knife and bleeding due to a cut sustained in his hand.
German prosecutors in Karlsruhe issued an arrest warrant for the suspect and arrested him shortly after he escaped the crime scene.
The couple’s underage daughter reported the murder of her mother to the police at around 4:30 PM local time.
In the video, Abu Marwan said his act was “a message to all women who angered their husbands,” warning that “this is how you’ll end.” He also urged viewers to widely share the video.
The crime marks the latest incident in a long list of gruesome murders caught on Facebook’s Live streaming service. It had been previously used to broadcast the aftermath of crimes to millions around the world using the social network.
Last week, a North Carolina man was shot to death while streaming on Facebook Live shortly after he left a police station.
In another incident, the aftermath of the police shooting of Philando Castile in 2016 went viral after his fiancee appeared live on Facebook because she wanted to explain what had happened.


Arab Social Media Influencer Summit kicks off in Dubai

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Arab Social Media Influencer Summit kicks off in Dubai

DUBAI: The Arab Social Media Influencers Summit (ASMIS) has begun at the Dubai World Trade Center, with social media influencers from all over the Arab region gathering together for two days of networking, panels, and discussion. The event, organized by the Dubai Press Club, will take place over the 12th and 13th of December.

This is the third edition of the summit, which is also shaping up to be its biggest yet. The event features a star-studded guest list, with prominent names such as Lojain Omran, Ola Farahat, Hussain AlJasmi, and perhaps most notably, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, who is slated to deliver the keynote address.

“We are delighted to welcome an iconic Arab figure such as Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, who is also a well-known character in the field of humanitarian and charitable work with an emphasis on issues related to education and youth development,” said Mona Ganem Al Merri, President of Dubai Press Club and Chairperson of the ASMIS Organising Committee.

The event will also be including talks, or “Dardachat”, given by high-profile influencers. Huda and Mona Kattan, known for their highly-popular makeup brand Huda Beauty, will be talking about their extensive experiences in the field of building a beauty brand. Murad and Nataly Osmann, creators of the famous “#followmeto” project that went viral on Instagram, will also be discussing their influences and inspirations, and talking about their ascent to fame.

Featured panelists include Roaya Saleh; Bahraini restaurateur and founder of Villa Mamas restaurant, who will be sharing her experiences with the restaurant industry, Tracy Harmoush; fitness guru and adrenaline junkie, and Max of Arabia; the half-British, half-American social media star who lives in the UAE and speaks perfect Arabic.