Karachi: 2 brothers arrested for Amer Hasan’s murder
KARACHI: The Investigation staff of South Zone-I has arrested two suspects allegedly involved in the murder of fashion designer Sheikh Amer Hasan. While the two men have admitted to the murder, they claimed, however, that they had not taken Hasan’s cellphone, which the police said was also missing from the crime scene. Hasan’s bullet–riddled body, bearing torture marks was found from his house in Clifton on August 30. The accused in the murder, identified as Ameer Hamza and his younger brother Saad, claimed that they had killed Hasan for allegedly drugging and then raping Hamza, the police said. The weapon used in the murder was also recovered. Saad and Hamza reportedly took Hasan’s wallet and some pictures along with them after the murder.
Earlier, SSP Investigation South–Zone Shahid Hayat Khan had said that the police had taken fingerprints from valuables inside the room where the murder took place, and had contacted authorities concerned to furnish Hasan’s cell phone data. The police had also recorded the statements of both of Hasan’s servants, as well as that of Faisal, a close friend of the deceased. Two showbiz personalities, Gia Ali and Ali Saleem, were also interviewed and had their fingerprints taken.
While reviewing Hasan’s cellphone data, the police found that persistent calls had been made to the victim from one specific phone number, SSP Khan said. Hasan had received the last call and an SMS on his cell phone from the same number at about 4:45am August 30. The police traced the number to a man identified as Ameer Hamza and took him into custody for interrogation.
Hamza had, however, said during initial investigations that he had sold his SIM to someone else a year ago. He was released then, but the police had kept an eye on him. When he tried to flee, they arrested him again.
Hamza, a resident of PECHS and a student of B.Com., said that he was a permanent resident of Multan and had come to Karachi some years ago, along with his brother, Saad, for higher studies. The brothers belong to the ‘Awan’ caste. Their father is a landlord and transporter.
During interrogation, Hamza said that he met Hasan three years ago at a function in FTC. Hasan had offered to induct Hamza for modelling and gave him his email address and cell phone number. Hamza said that he could not meet Hasan after that due to the latter’s busy schedule. The two, however, continued to correspond via email.
On August 2, Hasan reportedly called Hamza up on his cellphone and said that he may have some modelling offers for him. He also asked him to stay in touch via cellphone. The two met on August 2 (for the first time after the FTC function).
On August 29, Hamza called Hasan up on his cellphone, but the latter said that he was at a party in Defence at the moment and would talk to him later. Hasan then called Hamza up around 3.00 a.m. and told him to come over to his house.
When Hamza went to Hasan’s house, he found that the latter was alone. Hasan offered him some juice, and Hamza said that he lost consciousness after drinking it. During this time, he claims he was raped by Hasan. He further said that Hasan tried to force himself on to him a second time when he regained consciousness, but Hamza resisted and fled.
He said that he went home and narrated the whole story to his brother Saad. They decided to get revenge for the rape. Hamza sent a text message to Hasan, apologising for running away. He said he was willing to do whatever Hasan wanted. He got an immediate reply. Hasan asked him to come over to his house, and said that he would wait for him at the gate. The brothers picked up a gun and left for Hasan’s house.
Hamza said that as soon as Hasan opened the door, the two brothers overpowered him and took him to his room. Saad cut the telephone wire and the two tied Hasan up. The latter shouted for help and begged for his life, “but we were angry,” Hamza said. They stuffed his mouth with a piece of cloth to muffle his cries, shot at him twice, and killed him.
He said that they took Hasan’s wallet and pictures from the house and fled with the empty cartridges of the used bullets. The two brothers, however, claimed to have not touched Hasan’s cellphone. Hamza said that he set the wallet on fire owing to fear of arrest.
Meanwhile, investigators said that Hasan’s cellphone records showed that Gia Ali had left a message in his voicemail around 12:20 a.m. She spoke about some deal which had been finalised, and that she would need Hasan’s cellphone. She said they had to meet the man (with whom “the deal” had been finalised) the same night. Further probe is under way.