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‘Loan shark’ was brutally murdered

Bahrain News
Thu, 14 Apr 2016
Raji Unnikrishnan


Manama: Two men have been charged with premeditated murder and theft following the killing of a Pakistani loan shark in Hoora.

The Public Prosecution announced yesterday that they had been remanded in custody for seven days while investigations continue.

One of them has also been charged with hiding stolen goods.

They were arrested in connection with the death of 47-year-old Sabir Hussain Mohammed Ali at his apartment on Saturday.

A witness told the GDN Mr Ali’s throat had been cut and his body was lying on his bed in his apartment.

“It was around 11pm when I heard about the incident,” the witness told the GDN on condition of anonymity. 

“The man was living in a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor, which he shared with two Filipina women. 

“One of the women was screaming to the watchman of the building that there was trouble in her room and many of us ran upstairs along with him. 

“The doors of the flat and the bedroom of the Pakistani were open and the man was lying on his bed in a pool of blood and his throat was slit. 

“Soon, police were at the scene and cordoned off the area, while they took the women into custody.”

It is understood the two men charged in connection with Mr Ali’s murder are both from the Philippines, while both women who shared his apartment have also been taken in for questioning.

The victim was a BDF employee, but is understood to have also operated illegally as a loan shark. 

Police on Tuesday said the main suspect in the case, aged 39, had borrowed money from the victim and failed to pay it back.

After Mr Ali threatened him he is said to have taken a knife to the victim’s apartment, murdered him and then raided his home – stealing money, jewellery, passports and a credit card.

The main suspect was arrested after another man, who allegedly accompanied him to withdraw money using the stolen credit card, was apprehended by police.

A Filipino resident of the neighbourhood, who asked to remain anonymous, told the GDN that the two male suspects were friends of the women who lived with the victim.

Sources added that the women were regarded as key witnesses in the case. 

Meanwhile, the witness who saw Mr Ali’s body said police escorted one of the suspects to the scene of the crime on Tuesday and asked him to describe what had happened.

“He was taken to the scene and was seen being questioned about how he committed the crime,” said the witness. 

Pakistan Embassy first secretary Maqsood Shah told the GDN that it was planning to conduct an awareness programme for its citizens about the dangers of illegal money lending.

“We haven’t had an alarming rate of cases, but we used to have cases of people borrowing money from loan sharks,” said Mr Shah. 

“Now this incident makes us think seriously and we feel people need to be educated of the menace, both of lending and borrowing money with interest.” 

Philippine Embassy vice-consul Ricky Aragon confirmed the two suspects were both Filipinos.

“We understand from Hoora Police Station that the men are Filipinos, but about the women they refused to provide any information as they said the case was under investigation,” he said.

Mr Aragon said he would be meeting police today to obtain more information.

raji@gdn.com.bh 

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