Lebanese foreign ministry received Tuesday a request from the Saudi authorities regarding the diplomatic means to retrieve the body of the Emir of al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades Majed al-Majed.
Al-Majed, a Saudi citizen, died on Saturday January 4 after he was detained in Lebanon late last month and had been held at a secret location. He was said to be in a critical health condition when he was arrested.
He was the purported commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and one of the 85 most-wanted individuals in his native Saudi Arabia.
The US State Department designated the group a foreign terrorist organization in 2012, freezing any assets it holds in the United States and banning Americans from doing business with the group.