The cousin of Syria’s President, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, allegedly killed a Syrian Arab Army officer on Thursday night after a minor automobile accident that damaged the culprit’s Jeep.
According to sources in Latakia, Suleiman Hilal Al-Assad – President Assad’s second cousin – was identified by eyewitnesses as the man who killed Colonel Hassan Al-Sheikh of the Syrian Arab Army’s Engineering Corps.
The incident took place in downtown Latakia City, when Suleiman Al-Assad and Colonel Hassan Al-Sheikh collided in an automobile accident that reportedly prompted the President’s cousin to physically confront the Syrian Army officer.
Following the news of Colonel Hassan Al-Sheikh’s death, civilians in the Syrian port-city of Latakia took to the streets in order to demonstrate for justice to be served.
The Governor of Latakia, Ibrahim Khodor Al-Salem, issued a statement on Saturday morning, in which he condemned this heinous crime and declared that there will be a full investigation into this murder – he also added that no one is above the Syrian justice system, including members of prominent families.
Suleiman Al-Assad is the son of the late, Hilal Al-Assad. His father was killed in 2013 while he was fighting with the National Defense Forces (NDF) at the predominately Armenian town of Kassab. Hilal Al-Assad was the leader and one of the founders of the National Defense Forces.
Colonel Hassan Al-Sheikh was a long-time member of the Syrian Arab Army. He was said to be a good friend to General Maher Al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division.
No further information was provided.