A 22-year-old man accused of killing a British-Bangladeshi imam in East London has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Muzahid Ali, one of three men charged with murdering Mohammed Aqil Mahdi, appeared at Southwark Crown Court Friday and was remanded to custody.
The other defendants are Majid Ahmed and Abul Kashem.
They did not appear for their plea hearings.
Ahmed has been transferred to the Category-A Belmarsh prison and his “papers had been lost in transition,” said Judge Deborah Taylor.
Judge Taylor said Kashem was “fit to attend court” and there was “no justification” for not doing so.