Lebanese banker killed by 'sharp object' in car park murder

Circumstances surrounding the death of Byblos Bank executive Antoine Dagher are under investigation

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a branch of Byblos Bank in Beirut as the the banking association announced banks will shut from March 17-29 for the safety of employees during the coronavirus outbreak

Where: Beirut, Lebanon
When: 17 Mar 2020
Credit: Amer Ghazzal/Cover Images
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A Lebanese banker was found dead in his parking lot in a Beirut suburb on Thursday, according to reports by the state-run National News Agency.

Antoine Daher, director of group ethics and fraud risk management at Byblos bank, was struck dead by a “sharp object on his head in the car park of his building in Hazmieh”, south-east of the Lebanese capital.

In a statement, Byblos Bank said that it was “awaiting the results of the investigation carried out by the competent security authorities” and extended “its deepest condolences to his family, loved ones and all his colleagues and employees.”

Mr Dagher's wife told Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star that she last saw her husband at 7.30 am as he was leaving for work.

A security source told the newspaper that Mr Dagher died instantly and said his body was discovered by neighbours.

His Linkedin page shows that he had worked at Byblos Bank for nearly 20 years.

The motive of his murder remains unknown.