PGO to appeal acquittal of Nadheem’s alleged killers

Mohamed Mafaz Hussain Saleem is taken into police custody. (Sun Photo)

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has decided to appeal the acquittal of the four men accused of the murder of Nadheem Abdul Raheem (Nadey).

Nadheem, 24, HA. Thakandhoo, was stabbed while sitting inside the Terminal Café in Male’ City on July 27, 2017. He died from his injuries two days later, on July 29, 2017.

Four people were charged in connection to the murder. They are:

  • Mohamed Mafaz Hussain Saleem, G. Shaaraaz, K. Male’
  • Ali Nifaz, Vidhaathari, L. Gan
  • Hussain Shamin, Samantha, R. Innamaadhoo
  • Mohamed Karam Suhail, Havaas, GA. Gemanafushi

Mafaz was charged with murder with intent using a sharp-edged weapon, while the others were charged as accessories.

Nadheem Abdul Raheem (Nadey), 24, from HA. Thakandhoo. (File Photo/Facebook)

The Criminal Court acquitted all four Monday.

PGO’s spokesperson told Sun Wednesday that they will appeal the ruling with the High Court.

“We have 60 working days to file an appeal. But we will file the appeal before that,” he said.

Some of the state’s witnesses in the case had later recanted their testimonies, while some had refused to give testimony.

Serial gang attacks had taken place in Male’ City after some of the witnesses testified. However, the rumors of a link between the testimony and attacks were never officially confirmed by authorities.