The story of Yves Nawfal has been one of the most striking pieces of news to shake the country over the past few days. If you haven’t heard of Yves or the cold and calculated way he was killed, check out this link (click) for all the details.
5 days after Yves’ brutal murder at the hand of Charbel Georges Khalil, it is with pleasure that I write that Justice for Yves has been (partially) brought to us. The killer has been reportedly apprehended by the police in Brital, in the Beqaa.
He was reportedly fleeing to Syria according to L’Orient Le Jour. It’s a good thing he got caught before he got there.
The arrest of Charbel Georges Khalil shows that even political covers in Lebanon can end. It shows that when they want to do their job, our security forces and intelligence can do a great one at that, bring justice to those who demand it and not let killers escape just because they can.
And I hope you all know that you were a big reason of why Charbel Georges Khalil was caught.
You were the ones who endlessly shared our blog posts about him, read them in your hundreds of thousands, were absolutely shocked at this taking place in the first place and even more shocked that the killer was getting away.
You were the ones who made the story stick over 5 days, who made sure no one forgot Yves as yet another Lebanese cause du jour, who made sure our security personnel don’t slack off and just let this go as yet another unsolved murder mystery to become urban legend.
You were the ones who raised your voice so loud that whichever politician was hiding Charbel Khalil not only had his name until today hidden from every media outlet, only existing in speculation, but also got that politician to let go of the person he was protecting.
You were the ones who organized sit-ins to make sure this doesn’t get forgotten.
Charbel Khalil is a very connected, and resourceful man. In a country like Lebanon, that gets you far. Sometimes, it gets you way too far. Money can buy you anything. Connections can get you out of anything. It is because of all our efforts that we’ve put a brick wall in front of Charbel Khalil and his resources. And hopefully that brick wall will now turn into a jail cell from which he will never leave, until the day he dies.
Tonight, we should all celebrate Yves’ justice, and I hope you all know that Yves’ justice doesn’t become whole with death penalties.
The story, however, doesn’t end here.
There are still people out there who helped in Yves’ murder and who should be caught. Charbel Georges Khalil did not act alone. He had accomplices. Their names are known. They are Charbel Moussa Khalil, Juliano Saadeh and Edwin Azzi – all of whom are also resourceful and connected and who are still out of reach. Those three people made sure Yves got ambushed. They made sure his car was blocked and made sure he was susceptible to have shots fired at him.
Even Myriam Klink thinks Edwin Azzi is scum:
I’m sure Yves’ family will sleep better tonight knowing that their son’s killer will spend his night behind bars. I hope his mother starts to at least find peace now that her son is one of the very few people in this country who have justice being given to their memory. I also hope Yves’ friends and loved ones find solace in the fact that have made sure this becomes 5 days’ worth of national news.
Covering this story has been humbling. Yves will always be remembered as the man whose memory challenged our entire political system. May he rest in peace.
so the question is: how did this Charbel guy end up in Brital??? I guess he did not find his way through his GPS
I suppose he was trying to escape to Syria.
comon Elie! If I had to go to Syria I wouldn’t do it through Brital …. unless I can rely on some specific so called political support !!! As long as drug and car smugglers are concerned.
Perhaps there was a middle man there. Isn’t it a fairly lawless area?
I don’t think we’ll ever know what he was doing there beyond speculation.
That’s step 1.
Let’s see how lenient the killers punishment will be- that’s if they don’t just disappear outside the country.
God be with Yves’ family and friends 🙏
I hope justice is served and all serve more than 20 years in prison, and Charbel Khalil serves life (I am against capital punishment).
But while we are at it, let’s not forget the entire story. This whole thing started between between a fight that involved both parties, including Yves himself. I grew up around those people (was in class with Yves), and this is not the first time they are heavily involved in fights and drugs. If justice is really served, some of them I hope will also appear in front of the law (for much smaller charges). That is balanced and fair justice being served.
Yes I agree with this.
I heard that Charbel Khalil was the ring leader, but that he wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger. Is that true?
Justice has not yet been served. This is step one of a long process. Once they are all behind bars with a justifiable punishment, then justice will have been served.
Still not satisfied. Justice not served yet until his three accomplices are cought and all are convicted and jailed for murder. We need to start seeing proper justice being served in this country!
Still not satisfied. Will not be satisfied until his three accomplices are apprehended and and all four and convicted of murder. These scum should not be walking free anywhere. Not on Lebanese roads, not Syria, not anywhere!
I am not from Lebanon, but it sounds as it is a Moslem thing against a Christian
As I am from Lebanon, please help me: where are the moslims and where are the christians here? What I can see is that stupidity is widely spread among all religions and (obviously) across borders! So don’t worry: christians are as stupid as others and definitely able to kill each other for no reason.