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.”


Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to go ahead in 2021

Updated 12 July 2020

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to go ahead in 2021

DUBAI: It has been announced on Sunday that the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will go ahead in 2021. The festival will feature a programme of both digital and live, physical events, and is scheduled to run from Feb 4 to 6, 2021. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the UAE’s biggest literary festival held a number of different literature-themed events online, including digitally releasing content from past events and producing a programme of live online events with celebrated authors.

 In light of the success of these virtual-only events during the pandemic, the organizers decided to incorporate physical and digital components to the 13th edition of the festival. 

The “phygital” approach has been taken by fashion weeks and other events, including the BET Awards, over the past few months. 

Dubai Design Week has confirmed this weekend that the sixth edition of its annual festival will be an amalgamation of physical and virtual events. 

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is known for bringing together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof. 

A number of events and festivals have been cancelled recently in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Up until today, the fate of the UAE’s annual literary festival was uncertain.