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Fahim Saleh murder: Main accused Haspil pleads ‘not guilty’

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:16 PM, 14 October 2020   Updated: 03:27 PM, 14 October 2020

Tyrese Devon Haspil, main accused for murdering Pathao‘s co-founder Fahim Saleh; Photo: Collected

Tyrese Devon Haspil, main accused for murdering Pathao‘s co-founder Fahim Saleh; Photo: Collected

Tyrese Devon Haspil, the main accused of charges for decapitating and dismembering Pathao co-founder Fahim Saleh in his New York condo in July, pleaded not guilty before a state court judge in Manhattan on Tuesday. 

The former executive assistant of Fahim Saleh pleaded not guilty via Skype before the Manhattan court judge after a grand jury indicted him on upgraded charges of first- and second-degree murder, second-degree grand larceny, second-degree burglary, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, according to CNN citing the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

The indictment charges Haspil with three grand larceny counts for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Saleh through PayPal and Intuit transfers.

According to court documents, a Makita saw, scissors, a knife, gloves and a mask were found in Saleh’s apartment, along with bags containing a head and limbs.

Neville Mitchell, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Homicide Defense Task Force, who is representing Haspil, said: “We’re contesting everything here, including the circumstances of the death and whether or not they can prove that this young man had anything at all to do with it.”

“This is going to be a vigorous defense for this young man. There are a lot of things that we’re investigating that you know we're not prepared to offer at this time in terms of the defense, but there will be a vigorous defense,” she added.

Earlier on July 13, Fahim Saleh, popular ride-sharing platform Pathao’s co-founder, was found decapitated and dismembered in his private apartment in Manhattan. 

According to various media reports, Haspil worked as Fahim’s personal assistant. Haspil embezzled a lot of money from Fahim. Fahim came to know about this at some point, however, he did not inform the police but pressured him to return the money. The murder then took place.

New York police said that “Haspil borrowed $100,000 from Fahim Saleh at various times. But Haspil embezzled the money without repaying the loan. Fahim Saleh gave his assistant a chance to return the money. But Haspil chose to kill Fahim without returning the money.” 

Haspil, 21 was arrested by New York Police as a suspect on July 17. The court denied bail and sent him to jail. He is currently being held at Rikers Island.