By Staff Writer
Dr Fadi Al Hashem shot Mohammed Al Moussa 16 times after claiming he was a burglar
Dr Fadi Al Hashem, the husband of Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram, has been charged with intentional murder.
On Wednesday Al Hashem was charged with the intentional murder of 30-year-old father of two Mohammed Hassan Al Moussa, who was shot after claiming Al Moussa was an armed burglar who had threatened Al Hashem’s family, including the couple’s two children, according to a statement on state-run National News Agency.
"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," the statement said.
The gun Al Moussa was carrying turned out to be fake.
Al Hashem was originally detained by authorities but was released after his case was treated as self-defence during a burglary. He was arrested again after Al Moussa’s family called for further investigations and claimed their son had worked as a gardener for the couple and was owed an unspecified amount of money by Al Hashem, according to Saudi TV station Al Arabiya.
Security camera footage broadcast by local television network MTV shows a man identified as Al Moussa wearing a mask and threatening Al Hashem with what appears to be a gun.
Al Hashem told MTV 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,” he said.
Al Moussa’s mother had not seen her son since he left Syria over 13 years ago. He was married and had two sons.
In a press conference at her home on January 7, Ajram defended her husband’s actions and denied the allegations.
“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,” she said.