Saudi Dissident Was Stabbed In Beirut Over Youngster Custody Feud

The stabbing of Manea Al-Yami on Saturday in his home in a southern district of Beirut appears to be over a family feud.

Al-Yami was reportedly married to the former wife of his brother, identified as AM According to a security official close to the investigation, the two brothers of the victim, AM and HM, entered Al-Yami’s home and bludgeoned him to death with a dagger, and proceeded to flee the scene.

The brothers were found that same evening, together with the murder weapon.

Prior to the stabbing, Al-Yami had reportedly told AM that he may no longer see his three children, according to the Middle East Eye. Together, the disputes over divorce and custody rights are believed to be the motive.

Al-Yami had moved to Beirut in 2015, registering as a UN refugee, along with his wife and family. He became most active in his dissidence after moving to Lebanon.

That same year he launched an NGO called “Right and Justice Movement” and, in 2020, he helped found the National Assembly Party (NAAS), an opposition organization.

At the time, Al-Yami was in the process of seeking asylum abroad, out of concern for the security situation in Lebanon.

Related: Founding Member Of Saudi Opposition Party Stabbed To Death In South Beirut.

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