(file pix) “Fahmie said in my dreams to forgive the perpetrators as he wants to rest in peace. It just tore my heart to pieces when I had that dream,” Noridayu Bakry (left), the aunt of 11-year-old Muhammad Fahmie, told New Straits Times today. (pix by MOHD AMIN JALIL)

SEREMBAN: The aunt of Muhammad Fahmie Abdullah, one of the 23 victims who died in a fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz school in Datuk Keramat earlier this month, was asked to forgive the perpetrators.

"Forgive them so that I can rest in peace.

"Those were the words of my nephew who came into my dreams.

"Fahmie said in my dreams to forgive the perpetrators as he wants to rest in peace. It just tore my heart to pieces when I had that dream," Noridayu Bakry, the aunt of 11-year-old Muhammad Fahmie, told New Straits Times today.

Noridayu was commenting on the seven suspects tied to the deadly fire, of which two of the underage youths, both 16, were charged today with murder while the others were charged with self-administration of drugs.

Muhammad Fahmie's mother Noor Azlina Bakry who is also Noridayu's sister was unable to speak as she was down with the flu.

"Every time my sister and I see news of the Keramat fire on television, memories start to haunt us back and we just break down all over again.

"If I had my way, I will never forgive them but I will now have too, after having the dream," said Noridayu.

The two youths were charged with murdering 21 tahfiz students and two wardens at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah religious school between 4.15am and 6.45am on Sept 14.

No pleas were recorded from them.

The offence falls under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same Code which carries a death penalty.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Othman Abdullah prosecuted. All the accused were unrepresented.

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