Institute condemns murder of Beirut journalist

7th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2005, BERLIN - Germany's Institute of Foreign Relations on Tuesday said it was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the murder of Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir last week and said it hoped the Beirut government will bring those responsible to justice.

7 June 2005

BERLIN - Germany's Institute of Foreign Relations on Tuesday said it was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the murder of Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir last week and said it hoped the Beirut government will bring those responsible to justice.

In an e-mailed statement to the media, the institute called Kassir "a symbol of the freedom of the press" and a man known well by the German government for his participation in Media Dialogue events in Germany.

"Our thoughts are naturally with Mr. Kassir's family and friends. We assume and expect that the Lebanese government will do everything to establish the background to this ghastly attack and bring those responsible to justice," the institute said.

The statement was the latest from around the world condemning the murder of Kassir, a prominent columnist with the Lebanese daily an- Nahar, killed last week in Beirut when a bomb hidden under the driver's seat of his car exploded shortly after he got in.

Kassir was an outspoken critic of the pro-Syrian Lebanese regime, and wrote many articles about what he called Lebanon's "police state".

DPA

Subject: German news

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