Youngest son arrested over alleged murder of high-profile businessman father

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The CID yesterday arrested Shabbir Abbas Gulamhusein, a well-known businessman, over his father’s murder four years ago, Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said.

The suspect, a resident of Ethul Kotte, was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court and was remanded till 23 September. The 37-year-old Shabbir is the youngest son of the late Gulamhusein.

On 9 June 2017, Shabbir Abbas Gulamhusein passed away inside his office premises in Colombo.

However, an investigation was launched into the suspicious death on a complaint received by the Public Complaints Division of the CID in 2018. The victim was the owner of nine companies, including Adam Expo Ltd.

The body of Gulamhusein was exhumed in 2019 and his remains were sent for a post-mortem.

Accordingly, the doctors had concluded that his death was a murder and not from natural causes.

Following a lengthy investigation into the incident, the CID arrested the youngest son of the businessman in connection with the murder. It was revealed that the murder was subtly planned and the funeral arrangements were made to look like a natural death. The CID suspects that the victim’s son had committed the murder with the intention of obtaining property.