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Trinidad: National awardee stabbed 9 times

By Trinidad Guardian

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(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — The Ummah T&T Mus­lim Lob­by Group is call­ing on Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to “leave no stone un­turned” in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions sur­round­ing the bru­tal mur­der of na­tion­al awardee Haseena Ali.

The call was made af­ter a spe­cial foren­sic au­top­sy at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre in St James found Ali had been stabbed nine times be­fore her Freeport house was set on fire to cov­er up the act by her at­tack­er/s.

Ali was buried un­der Mus­lim rites at the Is­lam­ic Ceme­tery in Wa­ter­loo af­ter Salat al-Janazah (Is­lam­ic Fu­ner­al prayer) was read at the Masjid Un Nur in Cara­pichaima.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­firmed that Ali, 74, was mur­dered and they have sev­er­al leads they were now fever­ish­ly pur­su­ing. Ac­cord­ing to sources, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are fo­cus­ing on two main sus­pects Ali hired to do pow­er wash­ing around the yard.

Po­lice now be­lieve rob­bery was the mo­tive and that Ali fought against her at­tack­ers, which led in her demise. The sus­pects, po­lice said yes­ter­day, lit a stove burn­er in an at­tempt to burn the house down with her in it, in a bid to burn all ev­i­dence. How­ev­er, po­lice said a bad­ly wound­ed Ali still at­tempt­ed to es­cape be­fore she suc­cumbed to her in­juries and died be­fore the fire con­sumed most of her house.

Ali was the moth­er of a 37-year-old daugh­ter and one of nine sib­lings.

Yes­ter­day, Ummah T&T head Im­ti­az Mo­hammed dared the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice to ex­pe­dite the case.

“In con­vey­ing its deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­ly of the de­ceased, Ummah T&T is call­ing on the au­thor­i­ties to quick­ly ap­pre­hend the sus­pects who com­mit­ted this das­tard­ly act,” Mo­hammed said.

“We are in shock and out­rage at the vi­cious mur­der of Ali, who was a pa­tri­ot and who de­vot­ed her en­tire life to pub­lic ser­vice in T&T.

“Ummah T&T views her bru­tal slay­ing as the am­pu­ta­tion of a vi­tal or­gan in the body politic of the Is­lam­ic com­mu­ni­ty. The group is at a loss on how to re­act to this heinous crime which has robbed her fam­i­ly, the pub­lic ser­vice and the Is­lam­ic com­mu­ni­ty of one of its most valu­able as­sets.”

Mo­hammed added, “We urge Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to leave no stone un­turned in bring­ing the evil mis­cre­ants to jus­tice.”

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, short­ly around mid­day on Fri­day res­i­dents at Palm Dri­ve re­port­ed see­ing smoke com­ing from the up­per floor of her split-lev­el con­crete house. A passer­by ran in­to the house where he found Ali in a pool of blood.

Fire of­fi­cers from the Cou­va Fire Sta­tion re­spond­ed and were able to ex­tin­guish the blaze.

Ali was al­ready dressed to at­tend Fri­day prayers (Ju­mu’ah) at the Masjid Un Nur in Cara­pichaima and her hand­bag and cell­phone were in her ve­hi­cle, which neigh­bours were able to dri­ve on­to the road­way af­ter see­ing the house on fire.

Ali had a long and il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in tax au­dit­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tion and pol­i­cy and was award­ed the Pub­lic Ser­vice Medal of Mer­it (Gold) for “out­stand­ing and mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice in the pub­lic ser­vices” in 2012.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.

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