Pakistani chef charged with murder of Bangladeshi waiter

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

The Prosecutor General’s Office has pressed charges against Pakistani chef Muhammad Abid, 26, for the murder of a waiter working at the same restaurant as him.

He is being charged with murder with intent using a sharp instrument.

According to the PG office, the paperwork has been filed at the Criminal Court on Wednesday, June 15.

The victim identified by police as MD Shameem, a Bangladeshi male, was found stabbed to death inside Khanji, a popular restaurant in Hulhumale’ where he worked as a waiter.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Hulhumale' Hospital. Witnesses claim he sustained stab wounds to his head, neck and legs. At the request of his family, Shameem’s body was sent to Bangladesh.

Shameem’s murder had reportedly been prompted by a disagreement inside the restaurant’s kitchen, as the staff prepared meals for iftar.

According to Police, Abid had fled the scene after the attack. He was arrested after an hours-long manhunt in the early hours of April 17, at the beach area in Hulhumale’ Phase II.