Mystery surrounds the brutal stabbing murder of famed lawyer Ahmed 'Carrot' Najeeb, whose body was found in a house in Maafannu.
The brutalized body of Najeeb was discovered inside a large garbage can in a second floor room of Maafannu Masroora. Reports indicate that Najeeb’s face had been mauled with a sharp object at the time of discovery. Some witnesses recall a knife absent a handle, lodged in the victim’s chin at the time the body was discovered.
Rumors are that the victim had been gagged and bound to a chair with duct tape. The media have not been briefed much by the police as they are still investigating the murder case. However the police have arrested two suspects, Ahmed Murrath, 29 of Maafannu Masroora and 18 year old Fathimath Hana of Shaviyani Atoll Goidhoo, both suspects had later confessed to the murder.
Murrath’s criminal record is quite extensive, he was released last year in the ‘second chance program’ initiated by the previous administration.
Haveeru has learned that the 18 year old, Fathimath Hana had been living with Murrath for some time now.
It is yet unknown why and when Najeeb had been murdered, different accounts of the murder, who is has been rumored.
Close friends of Najeeb told Haveeru that lately he had been living alone even though he had been in several marriages. They said that he had lived in Maafaru guest house and had changed to the M.Naayaa after the guest house was closed for renovation.
A resident from M.Naayaa told Haveeru that Najeeb was seen on Saturday night and even on Sunday morning.
“I met him last night, he even talked to me. I haven’t seen him afterwards. But one of my children who was leaving for work early morning, saw (Najeeb) with his apartment door ajar” another resident told Haveeru.
He told Haveeru that it is usual for Najeeb to sit there with the door open. Najeeb is a degree student enrolled in Shariah and Law degree course at Kulliyyaa.
While his neighbors had seen him on Sunday morning, he had not attended classes on Sunday, his classmates last saw him on Saturday evening class and some say that he had spoken with them on the phone that night.
“Najeeb is a person who attends classes even if he is down with the flu. We called him several times after he had failed to show up. He used several cell phones, none of which he would turn off. But yesterday (Sunday) we couldn’t reach him. Phones were turned off, hence we were planning to visit him after classes,” a lawyer studying with him told Haveeru.
Najeeb had 13 children, none of them had heard from him on that day.
His close friends did not know why he had to visit Maafannu Masroora, neither have they heard anything related to the residence from Najeeb, who shares a lot about his personal life with his friends.
Some say that Najeeb had been the lawyer involved in dividing the house, Masroora among the respective heirs, but his friends question it.
“Being involved in a lot of cases like that, he did not visit the residences. If he wanted to talk with someone, he used to call them over. It is hard to believe that he went there for that purpose,” a close friend of Najeeb said.
Haveeru has confirmed that there is no case filed at the civil court regarding the residence.
Some rumors say that Najeeb visited the residence after being called by Fathimath Hana, the 18 year old in police custody regarding the murder case. A neighbor said that the Murrath’s gang members were seen roaming outside the residence for a while and that it was unusual as they mostly spent time inside Masroora.
Following Najeeb’s murder the Supreme Court and the Attorney General’s (AG) office had issued statements condemning the “inhumane” act of violence.
Supreme Court in the statement had assured that the Judiciary would do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of lawyers and pledged justice for the victim of such a remorseless act of violence.
AG Office reiterated the Supreme Court’s stand while adding that lawyers now served in a dangerous environment and stressed that actions must be intensified to ensure that such acts would not be repeated in future.
Najeeb’s family refuses to talk to the media regarding the incident.