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Jan 22, 2013

Well-known Belize City businessman murdered

Majdi Agha

After a two week reprieve in gun violence, there was an execution style murder this morning in the City. Majdi Agha, the well-known owner of the King Kabab restaurant was gunned down as he and his family returned home from a doctor’s appointment. In the past three months, three Lebanese nationals have been murdered in similar fashion. The slew of homicides started on October twenty-third at Majdi’s restaurant and was followed by the murder of another prominent businessman on Coney Drive.  While there is no established motive yet for the murders and no arrests, Majdi’s murder, is believed to be linked to the October murder at King Kabab.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.  

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The execution of Lebanese businessman Majdi Agha, in the presence of his wife and kid, is the third deliberate attack on members of the local Arab community since October of last year.  The fifty-year-old was mercilessly done away with in a fusillade of gunfire, as he exited a vehicle in front of their residence on Keating Crescent this morning.

 

Voice of: Family Friend

“The man was waiting inside the gate, inside his yard.  The minute it was open, his gate, the man jumped him with a gun and started shooting him.  [He shot him about three times.]  The man tried struggling with him a little bit but then he couldn’t hold it.  He dropped down and he continued shooting him.”

 

The entire ordeal transpired within the blink of an eye.  This often quiet enclave in Buttonwood Bay is home to several affluent Belize City families.   Across the street from the shooting lies the property of attorney Rodwell Williams.  It is believed that a pair of surveillance cameras, situated near the entrance to his house, may have captured the incident on closed-circuit television.  Working nearby at the time of the shooting were several men, one of whom spoke under the condition of anonymity.

 

Voice of: First Respondent

“I mi di du mi work right and I mi di level wah piece ah board but at di same time I yer sohn gunshot and then I decide fi haul eena di house right.  And lee while afta I sih di lady [Agha’s wife] come out and di lady di holla fi help.  But when we gaan by the side ah di fence we sih wah lee baby then wah long while afterwards we sih di man lying down behind the vehicle. Then I come back fu mek wahn call fi 911 but just that ih noh mi di go through so then I just stand up and wait until when I look policeman di come.”

 

The family had just returned from a medical appointment when an unknown hit man surfaced.

 

 Isani Cayetano

“Where was the wife during this commotion?”

 

Voice of: Family Friend

“Right there.  They were coming from the doctor’s office.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“So she was in the vehicle?”

 

Voice of: Family Friend

“Exactly.  Yes.  Probably she was outside too, I don’t know.  I didn’t get the whole story out of her yet.”

 

…and the complete tale, conjecturally, involves his presence at a previous murder scene.  Majdi Agha was one of several men seated around a table inside King Kabab, a restaurant belonging to him, when a lone gunman entered the premises and fired multiple shots, killing forty-one year-old Abdul Aziz Mohammed Dib.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do you know if this, in any way, may have been related to any other events of the past?”

 

Voice of: Family Friend

“No comment on that.”

 

While our subject refused to speak on the matter; it is, nonetheless, strongly believed that Agha may have been the intended target of that assignment.  The hit carried out today is purportedly the completion of that objective.

 

Voice of: First Respondent

“Sometime ih woulda pass ya and ih woulda hail mi.  I noh know ahn that good but ih always, sometimes I cohn work ya lotta time and ih hail mi.  Ih always seh good morning and thing like that and that’s all I coulda seh I know bout di man.”

 

A nexus between the murders of Abdul Aziz Mohammed Dib, Alfred Schakron, less than twenty-four hours later, and that of Majdi Agha is yet to be formally established.  It is, however, the opinion of many that something criminal is afoot within the tight knit Lebanese community. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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13 Responses for “Well-known Belize City businessman murdered”

  1. want to know says:

    Isn’t former PM Musa also a member fo that Lebanese Community? is his shooting connected too?

  2. Storm says:

    Lots of intrigue in the Lebanese community, what with possible spillover from the civil war in Syria, the acknowledged presence in the Jewel of a Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist cell, and the “normal” shady business deals!

    Bottomline, I hope GSU / BDF / or another unit finds and kills the triggerman and whoever sent or paid him.

  3. Lyn says:

    Condolence to u an yah family..

  4. Rod says:

    See people I’ve been telling you eighter you or one of your family members might be next march people march or die.

  5. A Jew says:

    These murders of these prominent Lebanese/Arab businessmen are certainly linked. Its like a domino effect at the moment and who knows who will be next.

  6. bmp chic says:

    I dont think the media should have made mentioned of that camera , for the protection of the said owner of that camera. JUSTSAYING…….

  7. Bear says:

    Clearly a planned execution, not a robbery. I wonder whether the man’s politics or his business dealings brought this to him? I feel very badly for the wife and little child to see this crime, and to have murder brought to their very yard.

    I pray the murderer, and whoever sent him, hang. We need harsh justice back in the Jewel until peace returns to our streets. Hunt them down, ComPol Whylie!

  8. ceo says:

    It does not take much to figure out that the reason is because of criminal affiliation. Belize is well known internationally as a place where criminals hang out.

  9. Humes says:

    @want to know: Musa is part-Arab Palestinian, not Lebanese.

  10. b.Jones says:

    @Bear…..How do you pray to God that someone gets hung ?….I can see Bear praying right now “Fater/God I pray to you today for the capture & execution of this man’s killer. I pray that u make it so for him to hang. Amen” ….lol

  11. Bear says:

    GREAT QUESTION, @want to know!

    If I were Lebanese in Belize, I’d make like McAfee and hide until the smoke clears!

  12. concern-#2 says:

    ceo: You said that right all criminals head for Belize, McAfee said that in his interview he was bragging, saying if you want to do anything without rules or regulations, come to Belize it is a free for all country. He said you can open any business without any problem as, long as you have money. Things these people with money do, in Belize is pitiful and the gov just stand by and let it happen. They come here and mistreat the citizens and handle us like slaves, with the low wages and shout at you when they feel like. This shows a bad light on our gov. don’t give a damn as long as their palms get buttered.

  13. Neyvan says:

    The media shoulda neva mention about the camara on mr.williams house, the murders woulda wa go pan Mr.Williams like how they done gone to him once.They should just use d evidence but no say it to the whole country.

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