Hearing scheduled for Sunday in Luthfar murder case

The decayed skull of Luthfaru was found on the seabed after extensive search by MNDF. (Photo/Police)

The Criminal Court is scheduled to hold a hearing on Sunday, in the murder of Luthfar, a Bangladeshi national who worked on the crew of the Kurimagu boat from Sh. Lhaimagu.

Luthfar was last seen alive on April 21, 2019.

Three of Luthfar’s coworkers, all Bangladeshi nationals, have been charged with his murder; Alamin, Noorul Islam and MD Akhthar Hussain.

All three have been charged with murder with intent.

The Criminal Court has scheduled a hearing in the case for 09:00 am on Sunday.

The police have previously stated that the three defendants murdered Luthfar after he angered them for making unwanted sexual advances.

According to the charges, the three defendants murdered Luthfar on board the boat. Alamin held Luthfar’s legs as Noorul Islam held his hands over his nose and mouth to suffocate him, while MD Akhthar Hussain strangled him.

The three defendants had confessed to the murder and signed a plea deal with the Prosecutor General’s Office under Article 104 of Criminal Procedure Code.

However, they attempted to retract their confession during the first pre-trial hearing at the Criminal Court, claiming that they had signed the plea deal under duress after being tortured and threatened by the police.

They denied the charges against them.

Following their statement, the State prosecution asked the court to make a decision on whether it will accept the validity of the plea deal, and asked for more time to conduct further investigation into the case.