Afghan refugee pleads not guilty to the murders of Muslims.
The community is still trying to figure out why three Muslims were killed in Albuquerque, and on Friday a lawyer for an Afghan refugee suspected in the crimes entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client.
The 51-year-old Muhammad Syed made a remote appearance for the court hearing and will be jailed without bond until his trial. Police have named him as a suspect in the death of a fourth Muslim man, and he is accused of three charges of murder and tampering with evidence.
Syed, who has lived in the United States for numerous years with his family, first denied being involved in the killings when he was taken into custody earlier this month.
Authorities have not given a reason for the deaths, although Syed has a history of violence, according to the prosecution. The claim made by Syed’s public defenders is that past accusations of domestic abuse against him never led to convictions.
According to the authorities, they have connected the bullet fragments discovered at two crime scenes with those discovered in Syed’s car, as well as with the firearms discovered in his house and car.
After information directed authorities to the Syed family, Syed was apprehended on August 8 more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from his Albuquerque home. He informed the authorities that he was worried about the ambush-style killings and that he was en route to Texas to look for a new home for his family.
Syed is accused of carrying these murders:
— On July 26, Aftab Hussein, 41, was killed after leaving his automobile in the same position it always was close to his house.
— On August 1, while out for a stroll in the evening, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, a 27-year-old urban planner who had worked on the campaign of a New Mexico congresswoman, was shot and killed.
— After the burial rituals for two of the other shooting victims, Naeem Hussain was shot on August 5 as he sat in his car outside a refugee resettlement organization on the south side of the city. Hussain was hit in the head and the arm by bullets that were fired at his SUV.
Syed is the main suspect in the death of Muhammad Zahir Ahmadi, an Afghan immigrant who was shot in the head behind the store he owned, in November of last year, but he hasn’t been charged.
The elder brother of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, Muhammad Imtiaz Hussain, stated in an interview on Friday that his family is devastated and angry because they don’t know why the young Pakistani man would have been targeted or how he would have come into contact with Syed.
They came from various Islamic backgrounds, the two men. Syed does not speak English, only Pashto. The son of a primary school teacher, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain completed his studies in law and human resource management at the University of Punjab before moving to the United States in 2017.
The victim’s brother said, “These questions are banging around in my head.” “How would I feel satisfied if you gave him (Syed) a punishment of 10 years, 20, 30, 1,000, or a million years if I didn’t know why he killed my brother? What went wrong with him? We need to discover the reason for myself and for justice.
After earning a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain was employed as the planning and land use director for the city of Espaola. He developed into a student leader and a supporter of the global community while attending UNM.
Political figures and his peers viewed him as having a promising future. In order to provide other youngsters with access to a high-quality education, his brother stated that his ultimate objective was to establish a school in their Pakistani hometown.
That mission, according to Muhammad Imtiz Hussain, will continue.
He remarked, “My brother passed away, but we’ll fight to create more brothers and sisters like him who can inspire people, work for humanity, serve others, and raise their voice for others.”