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Wednesday 16 January 2019
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Killers can run but can’t hide

IMAM Asif Ali did not mince words yesterday as he issued a stern warning to the killers of Hafeeza Mohammed and 13-year-old Videsh Subar, telling them, “You can run but you can’t hide!” Ali spoke during the funeral service for Mohammed at her Ajim Baksh Trace, Malabar where on Wednesday, the woman and Videsh’s bodies were found with both of their throats slashed. Ali said that while the criminals may think they are untouchable in this country, he reminded mourners, in the end they too must one day answer to a higher power.

“You cannot run from justice. A time will come when you too will meet your match, no one has the right to take a life,” Ali said. He also offered advice to the killers saying they should take the first step towards reform by surrendering to the police in order to prevent further deaths.

He called on people to be each other’s keeper and engage in deeper prayer as they try to cope with rising crime.

“To the killers, the first bit of advice I would give you is to stop whatever it is you are doing and change your hearts.

My second advice is to turn yourselves into the authorities. But I know that is unlikely since you know that jail isn’t a nice place.” “I urge the people of T&T to please arm yourselves with prayer.

It is the only thing that can save us from the lawlessness we see on a daily basis. No one man can do it. It starts with us.” Mohammed’s relative Fareed Ramjohn echoed Ali’s sentiments and assured mourners that while criminals may evade punishment from the law of the land, he was confident that they will in time receive their just deserts. Ramjohn also extended his condolences to the family of Subar, who lived a stone’s throw away from Mohammed.

“If you think that you have gotten away, think again. Throughout our grief, we cannot forget about the small boy Videsh.

One day you will meet your creator and He will ask, ‘Why Videsh?’ and you will have no answer.” Mohammed’s sister-in-law, Indra Mohammed delivered an emotional address in which she expressed her grief at the murders and called on parents to step up and accept responsibility for their children’s actions.

“We hear so much about crime these days but we don’t pay much attention to it until it hits home. It’s been a very painful experience for us and our families.

We can’t sleep and we all wonder what suffering both Rosie and Videsh had to endure before they died.

The time has come for parents to really take charge and teach their children right from wrong. Set a good example for them.” Newsday spoke to Mohammed’s uncle Haniff Baksh, who said that he was deeply shaken by the murders and is praying for swift justice.

He suspected that theft was not the motive for the murders.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before.

It was nothing short of an execution, it wasn’t a robbery or just a murder.

When you see how vicious her (Hafeeza’s) death was, you realise that this was something much more than just a theft.” Throngs of relatives and friends packed the garage at the family’s home yesterday and spilled out onto the streets to pay respect to a woman affectionately referred to as ‘Rosie’.

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