Top al Qaeda-linked suspect dies in Lebanese custody

Majed al-MajedThe suspected leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday, security sources said.

Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, a Saudi national who was wanted by authorities in his own country, had been suffering from kidney failure and went into a coma on Friday, the sources said. He died in a military hospital in Beirut, they added.

Majid was believed to be the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which have claimed attacks across the region, most recently the double suicide assault on Iran’s Beirut embassy, which killed at least 25 people.

His identity was confirmed by Lebanese officials on Friday after DNA tests.

His death comes amid a dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran over Tehran’s right to be briefed on any interrogations of Majid.

Yesterday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying: ” We have decided to send a team to Lebanon to take part in the investigation with Saudi suspect Majid al-MajId.”

Lebanese daily Al-Joumhouria reported that Saudi Arabia was refusing Iran’s request to be briefed on Majid’s interrogations as he is a Saudi citizen.

In tweets at the time of the bombing, the Abdullah Azzam brigades threatened more attacks in Lebanon unless Iran pulled its forces out of Syria.

Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy (L) in Beirut November 19, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir
Soldiers, policemen and medical personnel gather at the site of explosions near the Iranian embassy (L) in Beirut November 19, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir

An increasingly sectarian civil war there has attracted Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim fighters from neighboring countries as well as military support and economic aid from Iran.

Majid was arrested following his discharge from Al-Maqased Hospital in Beirut after he had been admitted under a false identity following a trip to Syria’s Qalamoun.

He is the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which was founded by another Saudi national, Saleh al-Qoraaoui, who was arrested in 2012.

In 2009, Lebanon sentenced Majid in absentia to life in prison for belonging to a different extremist group, the al-Qaida-inspired Fatah al-Islam.

Last year Azzam Brigades, named after an associate of the late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, were formally designated by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.

The State Department said the group was divided into two branches: the Yusuf al-‘Uyayri Battalions, named after a founder of Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; and the Lebanon-based Ziyad al-Jarrah Battalions, named after one of the airliner hijackers who attacked New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.

Reuters/ Agencies

  • 5thDrawer

    A USELESS LIFE … can’t even be a kidney-donor in the end.

    • Peaceforleb

      lol

  • 5thDrawer

    A USELESS LIFE … can’t even be a kidney-donor in the end.

    • Peaceforleb

      lol

  • …some guy

    Kidney failure Hmmmm ? are you kidding? the custody he was in would make gitmo seem like club med lol

  • Geo

    Kidney failure Hmmmm ? are you kidding? the custody he was in would make gitmo seem like club med lol

  • nagy_michael2

    Kidney failure or torture.. it should have been in Saudi Arabia. Now we’re going to invite terrorists to cause more bombing against the Army.. They should have just questioned him and sent him to Saudi Arabia. Anyway good riddance..

  • nagy_michael2

    Kidney failure or torture.. it should have been in Saudi Arabia. Now we’re going to invite terrorists to cause more bombing against the Army.. They should have just questioned him and sent him to Saudi Arabia. Anyway good riddance..

  • man-o-war

    I heard he was found poisoned in his cell.

    • bypest

      There are reports of a Saudi official seeing him before death. I think the princes decided on poisoning him after the Lebanese government didn’t take them up on their deal of extradition. These are the humanitarian princes who will “free” Lebanon from “Iranian occupation.”

      Most likely the conspiracy involves the Lebanese government. After all, wouldn’t a poisoning be immediately and wildly publicized if the government wasn’t on the side of the killers? Either way, this is a win for those who wished for the bounty of information al-Majid had to never make it to the press. We need a complete investigation into this, but it will never come.

  • man-o-war

    I heard he was found poisoned in his cell.

    • bypest

      There are reports of a Saudi official seeing him before death. I think the princes decided on poisoning him after the Lebanese government didn’t take them up on their deal of extradition. These are the humanitarian princes who will “free” Lebanon from “Iranian occupation.”

  • guss043

    it looks like it is a common genetic disease for Saudis , but maybe they give him something to finish with him as many live on dialysis, it easier this way Saudi /USA wants him and the relatives of the killed sent petition to keep him in Lebanon and you know how disgusting and weak we are to decide on our own

    • 5thDrawer

      Dialysis is needed 3 times a week. Lebanon doesn’t have the resources or the time or even the staff. Maybe some knew that. 😉

      • guss043

        we have it since long time , sorry, my father dear friend had it back in the 80’s ,Greek orthodox and AUH ,Hotel Dieu all equipped

        • 5thDrawer

          I think the 80’s were a better time … sorry about your Dad’s experience.
          Which one just ‘laid off’ half it’s nursing staff due to lack of funds? (Happy new year.) And this past year cut back Doctor salary by 70% ?
          Pulling out bullets and bomb-fragments all the time for free isn’t helping anyone – especially over this past 3 years – and lately with hospital equipment being shot up too, I think you may find the ‘system’ wanting.

  • guss043

    it looks like it is a common genetic disease for Saudis , but maybe they give him something to finish with him as many live on dialysis, it easier this way Saudi /USA wants him and the relatives of the killed sent petition to keep him in Lebanon and you know how disgusting and weak we are to decide on our own

    • 5thDrawer

      Dialysis is needed 3 times a week. Lebanon doesn’t have the resources or the time or even the staff. Maybe some knew that. 😉

      • guss043

        we have it since long time , sorry, my father dear friend had it back in the 80’s ,Greek orthodox and AUH ,Hotel Dieu all equipped

        • 5thDrawer

          I think the 80’s were a better time … sorry about your Dad’s experience.
          Which one just ‘laid off’ half it’s nursing staff due to lack of funds? (Happy new year.) And this past year cut back Doctor salary by 70% ?
          Pulling out bullets all the time for free isn’t helping anyone – especially over this past 3 years – and lately with hospital equipment being shot up too.

  • guss043

    It is amazing the so called land of the prophet has produced the most satanic killers, 9v/11 beheading in Syria and the atrocities in Iraq, this tell you how the Islamic religion has no standard to be followed , and every Sheikh have a shop open on his own to interpret the already full of contradictory versus of the Koran

  • guss043

    It is amazing the so called land of the prophet has produced the most satanic killers, 9v/11 beheading in Syria and the atrocities in Iraq, this tell you how the Islamic religion has no standard to be followed , and every Sheikh have a shop open on his own to interpret the already full of contradictory versus of the Koran

  • libnan1

    With such a cute face, I think he got shafted in prison.

    • Peaceforleb

      Cute, the guy looks like a monkey. I suppose monkeys are cute at times.

      • libnan1

        …:)

    • nagy_michael2

      His eyes and lips resemble Aoun’s for some reasons? I wander if they could be cousins..

  • libnan1

    With such a cute face, I think he got shafted in prison.

    • Peaceforleb

      Cute, the guy looks like a monkey. I suppose monkeys are cute at times.

      • libnan1

        …:)

    • nagy_michael2

      His eyes and lips resemble Aoun’s for some reasons? I wander if they could be cousins..