Police capture suspect in murder of waiter in Hulhumale’ restaurant

Muhammad Abid, 26: He is suspected of murdering his colleague at a restaurant in Hulhumale' on April 16, 2022. (Photo/Maldives Police Service)

Police have arrested the Pakistani man wanted for the murder of a waiter at a restaurant in suburban Hulhumale’.

The victim, identified by police as a Bangladeshi male, was found stabbed to death inside Khanji, a popular restaurant in Hulhumale’, on Saturday evening.

The victim had worked as a waiter at the restaurant.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Hulhumale' Hospital.

Khanji, a restaurant in Hulhumale' where a waiter was found murdered on April 16, 2022. (Sun Photo)

Muhammad Abid, 26, a Pakistani national who worked as a chef at the restaurant, is accused of his murder.

Police confirmed on early Sunday morning, after an hours-long manhunt, that they have arrested Abid.

He was found in the beach area of Hulhumale' Phase II.

Abid reportedly was infamous for his hot temper, and had a history of engaging in violence.

The murder prompted concerned Bangladeshi nationals to gather, first outside Khanji, and later outside the Bangladesh High Commission, urging authorities for the suspect’s swift arrest.

Protestors gather outside the Bangladesh High Commission in Maldives after a Bangladeshi worker was found murdered inside a restaurant in Hulhumale' on April 16, 2022. (Sun Photo)

They also expressed concern over lack of statement from the Bangladesh High Commission in response to the murder.

“The embassy remains sleeping even after something so serious happened. Everyone needs to join the protest,” said one protestor.

The murder is under investigation by the Serious and Organized Crime Department.

Police have stated that the case was being investigated “with the utmost diligence”.