Fauzan and Majid both denied the charges of the murder of Dhaalu atoll Kudahuvadhoo, Samandhar, Ali 'Ayyubey' Hassan, at the Criminal Court on Sunday.
The State had charged Fauzan Mohamed of Kudahuvadhoo, Fanas, and Ibrahim Majid of Ranakuri, in the brutal murder of Ayyubey in January.
At the hearing on Sunday, presenting the charges against the two, State attorney said that the two of them had conspired with others and had attacked Ayyubey while he was walking on dhandi miskiy magu at around 7.00 in the evening of January 8. Then they had stabbed Ayyubey to death with sharp objects and afterwards dragged his body inside an abandoned house nearby.
Hence the State attorney said that the two has been charged with murder in the first degree.
When individually asked by the Judge, about the charges, Fauzan denied the charges, asked for an opportunity to assign himself an attorney and asked the Judge to expedite the case.
Majid also denied the charges against him but stated that he had already appointed himself a lawyer and that the necessary documents had been forwarded to the court. However, no attorney was present at the courtroom during the hearing today.
In conclusion of the hearing, Judge Abdul Baaree Yusuf stated that the next hearing of the case will commence after a week’s time.
In addition to the two men, Ibrahim Waseem, a step-grandchild of Ayyubey had confessed to the murder during the trial at the Criminal Court earlier.
Three underage children are also being charged for the murder of Ayyubey at the Juvenile Court, who was believed to have been murdered for practicing black magic.
While two children have confessed to the murder, the State was given the opportunity to present DNA evidence against the third child who had denied the charges last month.
Eight heirs of Ayyubey who were presented in court had asked for the death penalty while the only heir remaining is yet to make a decision.