The US State Department Thursday blasted the “heinous assassination” of Lebanese anti-Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the heinous assassination of prominent Shia activist Lokman Slim and call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
Slim was found dead, lying in a pool of blood along in his rental car in south Lebanon on Thursday.
He was an activist and publisher who ran a research center in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
“Mr. Slim devoted his life to bringing about positive change in Lebanon and bravely pushed for justice, accountability, and rule of law in his country,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
Blinken tweeted that it was a “sad day in Lebanon.”
A sad day in Lebanon as we mourn the assassination of prominent activist Lokman Slim. We condemn his heinous murder and urge Lebanese officials to hold those responsible accountable.— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 4, 2021
His family had reported him missing late Wednesday after visiting a friend’s house in south Lebanon.
“It is cowardly and unacceptable to resort to violence, threats, and intimidation as a means of subverting the rule of law or suppressing freedom of expression and civic activism,” Blinken said.