Myriam Achkar’s Murderer Gets The Death Sentence

Myriam Achkar

Syrian Fathi Jabr al-Salatine who brutally murdered Myriam Achkar last year just got the death sentence for his crime. For those who don’t remember, Achkar – a devout Christian girl – was on her way to a monastery in Sahel Alma to pray when she was ambushed by the Syrian who worked at the convent. He tried to force himself on her. She resisted. He couldn’t rape her so he ended up killing her.

I was personally skeptical he’d even receive a trial and at one point, it looked like the Syrian authorities had asked he be deported to Syria where he would get a trial. A Syrian trial obviously meant nothing would happen to Al-Salatine. I’m glad that didn’t happen – and the death penalty is what this man deserves.

A lot of you may be against the death penalty and consider it a breach of human rights. I disagree. You can’t understand a family’s need to get a death penalty conviction against the person who murdered one of them in such a brutal way unless you’re one of those families. And mine is.

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5 thoughts on “Myriam Achkar’s Murderer Gets The Death Sentence

  1. “You can’t understand a family’s need to get a death penalty conviction against the person who murdered one of them in such a brutal way unless you’re one of those families. And mine is.” Knowing that here family NEVER asked for the death penalty!

    Nonetheless, I am with it in this case!

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  2. The Death sentence is dumb…

    2 things are better …
    either , 20 years in prison (solitary confinement + torture) then death sentence
    or to be sent for medical experiments.
    I am against the death sentence , but if you want to have justice by being barbaric , you might as well go all the way , with torture and psychological break down.

    now if you want to be advance and solve a problem .
    I would go with psychological evaluation and try and discover what made him do what he did , then send him off to medical testing to use his body in saving lives.
    but that’s just me.
    what do you think?

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    • My view on death penalty in this case is correlated with the country in which it was given. Seeing as we’re in Lebanon, I’m all for it.

      I can’t separate the need for the death penalty from what my family went through. Granted, the man who murdered my uncle and got into a confrontation with the Lebanese army for an entire night was killed. But if Emile Lahoud’s orders at the time to keep him alive were realized, I’m certain the man’s wasta would have gotten him out.
      Therefore, in a place like Lebanon where the legal system is fragile, there’s a need for the death sentence to keep things in order.
      The prospect of losing your life following a murder is always harder than to live in solitary confinement. But still be alive.

      The medical experimentation part is barbaric, which defeats the purpose of those who are against the death penalty because it is barbaric.

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