Court charges Nancy Ajram’s husband with intruder’s murder 

The singer also denied claims that the assailant was known to the family. (AFP)
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Updated 28 January 2020

Court charges Nancy Ajram’s husband with intruder’s murder 

  • Celebrity dentist, Fadi El-Hachem, is accused of shooting dead the masked intruder, who broke into their home in the early hours of Jan.5
  • But the judge said that if it could be proven that El-Hachem acted in self-defense, then the charge of murder could be dropped

DUBAI: Lebanese public prosecutor, Judge Ghada Aoun, has charged Fadi El-Hachem, the husband of the singer Nancy Ajram, with the murder of the intruder who broke into their Beirut property on Jan. 5, judicial sources told Arab News.

Celebrity dentist, El-Hachem, is accused of shooting dead the masked intruder, who broke into their home in the early hours of the morning. The dentist said the assailant was threatening his family - including his three daughters.

But the judge said that if it could be proven that El-Hachem acted in self-defense, then the charge of murder could be dropped.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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El-Hachem’s lawyer told Arab News that the celebrity doctor will appear in court next week.

“El-Hachem’s act of legitimate defense is described in accordance with what is stipulated in the Lebanese Penal Code,” he added. “I am confident that the decision issued will drop charges on El-Hachem.”

A warrant was initially issued for the arrest of Al-Hashem on Jan. 5, but he was later released after investigations, as the case was treated as “self-defense.” 

Initial CCTV footage from the celebrity couple’s home appeared to show what was believed to be an intruder carrying a gun in the villa. El-Hachem then appeared and chased the deceased, firing his gun as the intruder ran towards their daughter’s bedroom.

MTV Lebanon has since reported that the Syrian intruder, Mohammed Hassan Al-Moussa, 30, was shot 16 times. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Before anything, Fadi is a father and a husband. He has responsibilities. He is a human being... It was a normal reaction to the threat he experienced,” Ajram said in conversation with LBCI Lebanon News on Jan. 7.

She revealed that the couple's children, aged 10, eight and one, were asleep during the ordeal. “The children were in their rooms sleeping. They did not see what happened, but they woke up and heard everything,” she shared. 

During the interview, Ajram also opened up about how she hid in the bathroom when she realized there was an intruder in her home. 

“I heard Fadi telling him ‘whatever you want.’ When I heard this sentence, I knew the intruder was a robber and I ran to the bathroom with my phone.

“I called my father first because I was scared… I was shaking and I was in a state that I can’t describe to anyone. I called my father and told him ‘dad there is a thief in the house… do something now, Fadi and I and the children are home.” 

The singer also denied claims that the assailant was known to the family, stating “We do not know the intruder and he does not work with us.”


Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing post 

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Instagram apologizes to Bella Hadid for removing post 

DUBAI: Instagram apologized to model Bella Hadid who called out the social media platform for taking down her post, which stated that her father, real estate mogul Mohammed Hadid, was born in Palestine.

This week, the 23-year-old, who is of Dutch and Palestinian descent, shared a photograph of her father’s expired American passport, which showed his place of birth as Palestine, on her Instagram Story, writing “My baba and his birthplace of Palestine.”

Bella Hadid called out social media platform Instagram for taking down her post. (Instagram/@bellahadid)

On Tuesday, Hadid revealed to her 31.4 million Instagram followers that the post was taken down, as it allegedly breached Instagram’s company guidelines.

“Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that,” she added alongside a screenshot of a notification she received from the social media platform that stated her post was removed for going against community guidelines. 

Instagram took down the post for allegedly breaching community guidelines. (Instagram/@bellahadid)

According to New York’s Page Six, a spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, told the publication: “To protect the privacy of our community, we don’t allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram.”

The representative added: “In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn’t have been removed. We’ve restored the content and apologized to Bella for the mistake.”