5 Czech passports found in an abandoned car in Bekaa, Lebanon- updates

Czech_passportLebanese Police found at dawn an abandoned vehicle in the village of Kefraya in the Western Bekaa  (300 meters away from a military checkpoint)  that contained personal luggage, scattered clothes, 3 cameras and 5 Czech passports ,  National News Agency reported on Saturday.

Munir Taan, a Lebanese national and a resident of Nabatiyeh was identified by investigators as the owner and driver of the abandoned KIA vehicle

A probe has been opened in the case to find the whereabouts of the owner and passengers.

Voice of Lebanon radio reported  that the  father of Munir Taan had filed a complaint with  the police station in al-Dweir and claimed that his son has disappeared in mysterious circumstances.

The five Czech nationals, aged between 25 and 47, had reportedly entered Lebanon twice during the past few months, VOL source said.

They first entered Lebanon on May 15 and left on July 1, and reentered the country on July 7, VOL source added.

The army intelligence carried out a wide inspection operation in Bekaa and Western Bekaa where the driver made some stops, VOL added.

In another similar development  Lebanese nationals Hassan Mohammad Khodor and Yahaya Ahmad Hammoud have disappeared two days ago after they headed south on a family visit.

Confirmed missing

Czech FM Lubomír Zaorálek confirmed that five Czech citizens went missing in Lebanon.

A military source said Saturday:

“We don’t know what happened to them but we assume they were kidnapped because we found their passports and documents and belongings in the car.”

“We are carrying out searches of local hotels and other places in the area.” The source added.

Kidnappings have been rare in Lebanon since the 1975-1990 civil war.

In the most high-profile case in recent years, seven Estonian cyclists were kidnapped at gunpoint in the Bekaa in 2011, being released some four months later.

The group claiming the abduction was previously unknown, and its motives were never entirely clear.

A ransom was reportedly paid, but that was never confirmed by any side.

The Bekaa Valley is notorious in parts for lawlessness, drug trafficking and occasional feuding between clans.

Update

The names and the years of birth of the missing Czechs are reportedly as follows

Jan Švarc, 1960
Adam Homsi, 1978
Miroslav Dobeš, 1968
Merlin  Pešek, 1983
Pavel Kofroň, 1960

Adam Homsi is  reportedly a Czech-Arab translator. He was there as their guide and translator.

Unconfirmed reports  link  the  kidnapping to the arrest of 3 Lebanese on terror charges by the Czech authorities.

According to a report by blogspot , Jan Švarc, 1960 who is an attorney was involved in the trial of the 3 arrested Lebanese that were ordered to be extradited from Czech Republic to the U.S..

The 3 arrested Lebanese were accused of drug and weapon sales to Columbian terrorists for about $7 million and cooperation with terror groups . They were identified as Ali Fayad, a citizen of Lebanon and Ukraine, Faouzi Jaber, a Lebanese citizen who resides in the Ivory Coast and Lebanon, and Khalid Marabi a Lebanese citizen who also resides in the Ivory Coast and Lebanon.

The Prague Municipal Court dismissed a request of the Lebanese Ali Fayad (pictured) on release from custody in Prague, Czech Republic, November 6, 2014. Fayad was arrested in Prague and the United States accused him of collaborating with terrorists. According to the prosecution he is  wanted along with two accomplices for selling  weapons and drugs for 160 million crowns to agents pretending to be members of the Colombian terrorist organization. © CTK/Alamy Live News
The Prague Municipal Court dismissed a request of the Lebanese Ali Fayad (pictured) on release from custody in Prague, Czech Republic, November 6, 2014. Fayad was arrested in Prague and the United States accused him of collaborating with terrorists. According to the prosecution he is wanted along with two accomplices for selling weapons and drugs for 160 million crowns to agents pretending to be members of the Colombian terrorist organization. © CTK/Alamy Live News

Fayad appears to be the key person among the 3 and he comes from the southern Lebanese town of Ansar.

More than 100 people demonstrated last March outside the U.S. embassy in Awkar against the ongoing imprisonment by the Czech authorities of Fayad who could be extradited to the United States.

The demonstrators said the rally outside the U.S. embassy aimed at protesting Washington’s intervention to keep Fayad in custody in Prague over fabricated accusations, including planning to assassinate Americans.

From Awkar, northeast of Beirut, the protesters rode buses to the Czech Embassy in Baabda, east of Beirut, where they chanted slogans calling for Fayad’s release.

It is important not to confuse him ( Ali Fayad) with MP Ali Fayyad , a Shiite member of the Lebanese Parliament representing Hezbollah in the Marjeyoun/Hasbaya district.

 

The 3 arrested Lebanese Ali Fajad (R) , Faouzi Jaber  ( C) and  Khalid Marabi (L)
The 3 arrested Lebanese Ali Fajad (R) , Faouzi Jaber ( C) and Khalid Marabi (L)

Update

  • nagy_michael2

    I wander why the army didn’t notice anything or was the order to disregard hezbollah operatives about the Kidnapping? how convenient they 5 Gzech nationals get kidnapped then a protest in Beirut to free Ali Fayad. that reminds you of few years ago when a turkish pilot and co-pilot were kidnapped for similar reasons. yes i am sure some of you might say you jumping the gun accusing Hezbollah. well let me tell you something if the kidnappers where sunnis the army would have been after them and noticed them. this looks very suspicious and no doubt the army was told to look somewhere else. good luck getting them freed if the army ever bothered to look for them.

    • Michaelinlondon1234

      You are an evil spirited monster Israeli/ mossad? or American?

      • nagy_michael2

        heaven forbids we accused your drug dealers, money launderers, terrorist thugs, Iranian operatives of any wrongdoings. yes Hariri was killed by Israelis, but according to Nassrallah they were following the Israelis mossad who were following harriri entourage.. I wander if they knew that did they inform Hariri? did anyone has a good lead on your angels stayed alive.. oh yah Rifi and you tried to bomb two mosques to get him and he got lucky enough to be alive. yes we are evil spirits we fight for freedom from Hezbollah and Isis.. yes we fight for Lebanon dignity and freedom. yes that’s evil.. you traitor.. where did you get Michael London names anyway? why are you shaming such famous man. why not just be Ali/Hussein it’s much more honorable than that lousy name you picked. When anyone touches Hezbollah he or the group were caught within hours.. what have the gov’t and Hezbollah caught since so many killed in March 14th? anyone you can name of? please name one you jerk.

        • man-o-war

          I understand you hate HA, and thats fine its your prerogative. It’s just really funny that at the same time you support terrorist like ASSir. Remember, you admire him for taking a stand and killing LAF soldiers. You have no leg to stand on here.

          • nagy_michael2

            I only want the best for Lebanon and whether Christians, muslims or any political party trying to disrupt out livelyhood I am against them. yes you still hold assir against me and the only i said Assir didn’t go around then trying to harass christians or other shiites. he was only against HA. it’s always been suspicious HA trying to get LAF involved in their own scheme. How could 18 to 20 soldiers get killed in the matter of short time if the snipers were not HA. Assir supporters were bunch of amateurs and he was not against the LAF and never said a bad word about them then. But i am sure during the battle they killed some Soldiers and i hope the army gets him and whoever were involed then. However let make it clear i am against anyone who is against the LAF. i have several relatives and friends in the army and some are higher up. i always been and always be supportive of the Army no matter how you want to twist things. you just an idiot like HA supporters who always want to place blame on others when someone accusing them. let them submit the 5 accused to the tribunal. oh wait it’s israeli STL not lebanese one. keep saying what are you saying and i guess will keep going. you are as dumb as your bf Michael london..

          • man-o-war

            “you just an idiot like HA supporters who always want to place blame on others when someone accusing them” , Its kind of funny because that exactly what you did in your comment in regards to ASSir.

            There are powerful wealthy families in the Bekaa valley and most of it has come from the drug trade. The article mentioned drug/gun dealers got arrested in Czech Republic, “3 arrested Lebanese were accused of drug and weapon sales to Columbian terrorists for about $7 million and cooperation with terror groups” . These 3 could have been working for one of these drug families in the Bekaa Valley and the kidnappings are for an exchange. Nobody knows quiet yet why and who kidnapped these people. I would assume HA is a little busy for kidnapping random Czech citizens. Who knows, maybe they did. If so they should be held accountable.

            “They first entered Lebanon on May 15 and left on July 1, and reentered the country on July 7” , this is an interesting twist to the story. Unusual travel itinerary.

            I’ll let the name calling slide this time. I know it’s just out of anger and you don’t mean it. I guess I egged you on by bringing up ASSir again.

          • arzatna1

            I was told that there were several Hezbollah supporters in the demonstration in front of the US embassy in Awkar last March . The protest called for the release of Ali Fayad who was arrested by the Czechs.
            For this reason I won’t rule out Hezbollah’s involvement at this stage specially because they control the ins and outs of the airport and the driver obviously has something to do with the kidnapping

          • man-o-war

            “I was told that there were several Hezbollah supporters in the demonstration in front of the US embassy in Awkar last March”, I’m not saying its out of the question. You were told? How many is several?

          • arzatna1

            Several by definition is more than 2 .
            As you said Hezbollah’s involvement should not be ruled out .
            nagy_michael2 therefore has a point in pointing at Hezbollah

          • man-o-war

            So there were 3 supporters in the demonstration?

          • arzatna1

            You are obviously trying to be facetious.
            Go waste your time elsewhere

          • man-o-war

            Yeah, a bit. I mean you said you “were told” that there were “several” demonstrators. Not exactly hard evidence of anything, barely soft ; )

          • man-o-war

            Ok, I guess you were referring to this. My fault.

            “More than 100 people protested Friday outside the U.S. embassy in Awkar ( a suburb of Beirut) against the imprisonment by the Czech authorities of a Lebanese citizen who could be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of collaborating with terrorists”

            http://yalibnan.com/2015/03/27/protesters-urge-the-release-of-a-lebanese-jailed-in-prague-czech-republic/

          • nagy_michael2

            It doesn’t matter the reporters where saying that too.. HA needs these people like Ali Fayad to raise funds. it doesn’t matter how they get it.. I mean if they go to war to free Samir Quntar you think they will not kidnap or allow it to happen in order to get Fayad freed?

        • Michaelinlondon1234

          You have wandered off in to your own thoughts It is the process of going from original idea to multiple ideas…Which would take me far too long to address if I could and not relevant to the subject mater… ….So you did not answer my question directly…
          Re my name I was born with it. I live in London.
          All we know for sure is passports have turned up in an empty car car…Everything else is speculation….

          • nagy_michael2

            Speculations maybe? but how could someone kidnap 5 people right in front of the army. and we all know and you can’t deny the army will oblige to HA only in Lebanon as much as I love the Army but what can they do their hands are tied.

          • man-o-war

            ” how could someone kidnap 5 people right in front of the army. ” how do you know this? I didn’t read it in the article.

          • Michaelinlondon1234

            How tempted would a group of soldiers searching a car be if they came across a case of cash? But this is me speculating.
            I am reading the points you make but need to keep closer to the facts established

        • Aly Fayd

          Kidnapping Of the 5 Czech Nationals is surely linked to the “Arrest Of Hezbollah Terrorist Member” in Prague.

          “if the kidnappers where sunnis the army would have been after them and noticed them. this looks very suspicious and no doubt the army was told to look somewhere else. good luck getting them freed if the army ever bothered to look for them.”
          “When anyone touches Hezbollah he or the group were caught within hours.. what have the gov’t and Hezbollah caught since so many killed in March 14th? anyone you can name of? please name one you jerk.”

          Well and Factually Said !! True it’s HArmy and was told to look elsewhere.

          So much for those who keep blaring on everyone that Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization. So much for those who still keep calling Hezbollah as the national resistance. Hezbollah has nothing to do with the Lebanese nation or the people of Lebanon, they use the soil of Lebanon to carry out their cowardly acts, and come what may on Lebanese, Hezbollah doesn’t give a sh*t. It’s mere an Iranian Shia regime tool.

          Week after week, month after month, year after year Hezb terrorists get caught around the world, some of them even confess their crimes, many are jailed, many are convicted, and despite that… their blind, dumb, moronic, idiotic, … supporters still find this terrorist organization honorable and shit-itely infallible and never stop supporting, defending, justifying, giving pathetic excuses, and keep denying and brand anyone who exposes them or tries to express their views showcasing their true evil identity are branded as an Israeli agent, conspiracy theorist, Saudi puppet, Salafi, Wahhabi, Internet Shitjihadi, … They have bloody hands, they are criminals, they are terrorists, they have a state within the state, they are a Mafia, they are sectarian, and they are Thugs of the worst kind!
          Enough with their supporters and their pathetic attempts to disclaim for what they really are! Enough with Hezbulshaytan! ! Enough with Bashar! Enough with Iranian regime! Leave Lebanon and Lebanese the shit alone!!!!!

          Things that will never change with Hezbulshaytan are its drug trafficking, money laundering, arms smuggling, carrying out terrorist acts, sabotaging, Iranian and Bashar regime’s stooges, killings, political assassinations, kidnappings, hot-air rhetoric’s, deception, lies, hypocrisy, evil grip on power, controlling every aspect, dictating government, army, … and people, corruption, fear tactics, foreign terror operations against civilians, creating political unrest in other sovereign states, creating terrorists, carrying out suicide bombings (they are the pioneers who first executed it), … self-declared fake wars against Israel without the consent of the rest of the lebanese population and forever priority of Iranian interests ahead of Lebanese.

          It can’t change the fact that the Driver who kidnapped the 5 Czech citizens is the brother of the Hezbollah terrorist held recently by the Czech authorities.

          What will happen to these 5 Czech journalists if the Czech gov refused to comply to Hezbollah demands? Hezbollah will send them back to their home country in little pieces. And how will it differ from how ISIS (another Iranian and Bashar terrorist proxy group) conduct it’s terrorism – It doesn’t.
          BTW – expect a newly created “Taan family military wing” or “Fayyad family military wing” or even better a fictitious Sunni group to take responsibility – because Hezbollah is shit-itely deceptive to declare that it’s behind the kidnapping.
          No matter how much they try to portray itself as a shit-ite resistance group and pretend they are honorable, the fact and truth will always remain unchanged of them being an evil, deceptive, barbaric, and a rogue terrorist organization.
          Fact/Truth: Hezbollah has always been and will always remain an Evil Barbaric Terrorist entity.

          • man-o-war

            Hahaha, someone is angry. You disagree with HA, you hate HA, you support opposing groups, you protest against them, and that is all ok, its your right. You can yell terrorist this and terrorist that, you can make accusations to the moon and back. You can call for their demise, you can even actively participate in their destruction. Just don’t try to act like HA is not made up of LEBANESE CITIZENS. Do they receive money and backing from Iran, yes! Do they in return support Iranian agendas, yes! As much as it hurts for you to admit, they are LEBANESE.

            They are the most powerful group in Lebanon and they have been so for many many years now. Yet Lebanon still stands as a multi-confessional state with more freedoms than the rest of the Arab countries.

            Right now Lebanon needs their help. We have genocidal maniacs knocking at our doors ready to take all our freedom away. At the moment, they’re an asset and not the enemy. Which is why the LAF is working with them to combat the real threat to the nation and our way of life.

            “Her mother laughs. “Look at us, there’s a war and we’re doing our nails. And next week there will be a wedding in the village. We must be very confident.”

            Her aunt snorts. “Well, all I can say is, I’ll kill myself before I let them take me.”

            The girl tuts at her. “Hush, tante. Hezbollah won’t let that happen.”

            “Well, if Hezbollah leaves, I’ll pick up my ass and follow them,” her aunt says, to much hilarity. It’s clear she’s accustomed to provoking shocked laughter. “Because God help the Lebanese army, they couldn’t stop daeshalone … If Hezbollah wasn’t here to protect us, daesh would have fucked all our lives.”

            http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/06/this-lebanese-village-is-under-attack-by-isis.html

          • 5thDrawer

            The end of that article is better … and more accurate – like the Kurds vs ISISies.
            “We are afraid of the way they look,” she says. “Their faces frighten us.”
            The girl nods. “As Christians, we’re in a lot of danger, because we’re like a small island in a sea of Muslims,” she explains. “We are friends with Muslims; we don’t hate them. But these aren’t Muslims, they are terrorists.”
            A lady who has remained quiet as her fellow clients argue suddenly speaks up.
            “If you want to know whether the women of this village will run away, we will not,” she says fiercely. “I’m a grandmother now, I have three grandchildren, and I’ll pick up a weapon myself and kill them.”

    • man-o-war

      Oh ok, but it doesn’t remind you of the Estonians that were kidnapped? “well let me tell you something if the kidnappers where sunnis the army would have been after them and noticed them.”, haha!

  • Hannibal

    Since I need to respond to all of you here without targeting anyone in particular allow me to say this, and with all due respect:
    People like us Lebanese expats living abroad, be it in London or the U.S., Australia or Latin America, Canada or Europe or anywhere in this world are in this predicament, i.e. not being in that failed state called Lebanon, is exactly because each idiot supports a party championing his/her own sect… Look at you bunch of losers, you are no different than a Palestinian with no home or country because Lebanon, if not hijacked by zionists, is hijacked by zionists-like mafia-behaving anti-country-building warlords from Assir to Nasrallah, from Aoun to Geagea passing by all their stooges who work for them…
    kharabto el balad w hajjarto ahlo w ba3edkon btecheejarro 3all fatafiit
    You people have no dignity and no knowledge of nation building as you do not understand what a nation is… kell waa7ad be ghanne 3a mouweelo. hayda masii7e w hayda meslim hayda maroune w hayda orthodoxe hayda senne w hayda shii3e… wulak ayre be heyk cha3eb w be heyk umme… bteswo kelkon sermeeye 3atii2a w hayda wa2et el ghala.
    You friggin losers… You are “mhajarriin” at best and you still fight about who kidnapped this and who killed that… You give a lip service to your country while worshipping Syria or Iran or Saudi Arabia as long as they sing your song.
    We need a Mekenseh party indeed to throw you all with your parties, yellow, orange, green or black into the sea.
    wulak de2 el maay bedall maay wu de2 el khara bedall khara… you are a bunch of stupid bigots who understand nothing about a nation nor about a God…
    Tfeh…

    • 5thDrawer

      That’s fairly direct, Hannibal … fairly accurate … tribalistic natures? 😉

      • Hannibal

        oh man I am so disgusted people in the Middle East are dying right and left and I tell it has nothing to do with the “mou2aamara” the only conspiracy we have in the Arab world is that we never grew up from the tribal nomadic nature. I say bring the Turks back we do not deserve our freedom.