The Dailystar has revealed that security services have a man in custody currenlty being interrogated in relation to the two youths' deaths. The paper also revealed that a brother of Adnan Shamas (killed in the January 25 sectarian clashes on the Beirut Arab University campus) is "being pursued and is believed to be hiding somewhere in [the] Bourj al-Barajneh [suburb of Beirut]".
The Associated Press quoted a security services official as saying that "Qabalan and Ghandour had been shot to death and that the bodies bore signs of beating."
The Lebanese Forces website is reporting that the bodies of the deceased were found with bullet wounds to the head, and that the execution style murders were carried out only hours after the two were kidnapped on Tuesday.
According to the Naharnet news website, the two youths are believed to have been affiliated with the Progressive Socialist Party, a party whose leader, Walid Jumblatt, has become a leading member of the March 14th anti-Syrian parliamentary block.
[On January 25th], Adnan was reportedly shot, stabbed, tortured and killed in the PSP and Amal dominated area of Wata al-Musseitbeh in Beirut. The story goes that after he was killed, the killers formed a circle around the body, performed some kind of dancing ritual, dragged the body around, tried to dismember it and then dumped it on a sidewalk.Less than two days after the murder, Hizbullah's al-Manar announced that it had the names of those who killed Shamas, alleging they were members of Jumblatt's PSP and Hariri's Future Movement. At the victim's funeral in Ouzai, Hizbullah MP Hassan Fadlallah accused the government of the killing. On February 11th, another Hizbullah MP, Hussein Hajj Hassan, accused the interior and justice ministers of "executing Adnan Shamas in cold blood".On March 3rd, Adnan's brothers filed a lawsuit against 15 individuals they believed are connected with the crime. The government's commissioner before the military court, Jean Fahd, referred the case to an investigative judge to "take the necessary judicial measures."Three days later, the same judges announced the arrest of Syrian national Ragheb Ibrahim who "confessed to his crime" and claimed that he had shot Shamas after the latter aimed his gun at him. Ibrahim even reenacted the murder before television cameras. The Shamas family wasn't convinced, and issued a statement accusing "some politicians" of interfering in the investigation by obfuscating facts and "justifying the murder of the martyr and exonerating the killers".