A shocking killing of an outspoken Hezbollah critic in southern Lebanon.
One that the country’s caretaker interior minister is calling "an assassination."
Lokman Slim – a Shi’ite publisher who was critical of the Iran-backed group was found shot dead in his car.
A judge following the case said his body had four bullets in the head and one in the back.
While a security source said his phone was found earlier on the side of a road.
It’s the first such killing of a known activist in years.
At the family home in the southern suburbs of Beirut, where Shi'ite Hezbollah has a dominant presence, his sister Rasha said he had not spoken of any recent threats and tried to keep his family from worrying.
In the past he said he had received death threats.
"Everyone loves him, let them tell you how much they love him. We are losing, we are going backwards, we are setting a bad example to the world on how we deal with each other as in 'if I don't like you, I kill you'. Killing in the only language they are fluent in, this is bad."
Slim, who ran a research center and made films, was a leading Shi'ite voice who spoke against what he saw as Hezbollah's intimidation tactics.
He accused the group of intolerance of other political views.
In a recent TV interview, Slim said he believed Hezbollah had a role in the deadly port blast that ripped through Beirut in August.
Supporters of Hezbollah sometimes called him "an embassy Shi'ite," accusing him of being a tool of the U.S.
Hezbollah did not immediately respond to a request for comment.