Two charged in Naushad’s murder

Mohamed Ahmed Didi (Naushad), 30, is transferred to the hospital on February 24, 2023. (Sun Photo/Ibrahim Shamweel)

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) has filed murder charges against two people in connection to the murder of a young man inside a shop in Male’ City back in February.

Mohamed Ahmed Didi (Naushad), 30, Izmeer, S. Hithadhoo, was stabbed inside a shop located near the BG Garage in Maafannu district of Male’ at around 09:30 pm on February 24. He succumbed to his injuries on February 27.

The PGO filed charges with the Criminal Court against two suspects in the case on November 30.

They are:

  • Ibrahim Faih Nizam, Rahdhebaige, S. Maradhoo-Feydhoo
  • Siruhan Ali, Gulenoorammaage, Th. Gaadhiffushi

Both are charged with murder with intent using a sharp-edged weapon.

They are currently jailed pending the outcome of their trial.

According to eye witnesses, Naushad had run into the shop, Klasa, to escape his pursuers. Two people on a motorbike arrived shortly afterwards, and stabbed him, leaving him on the floor in a pool of blood.

The murder had come amid a wave of gang attacks in Male’.

One of the suspects – Faih – has also been charged with assault with a sharp-edged weapon in connection to serial gang fights that took place in the Maldivian capital during that period.

Ibrahim Faih Nizam, 26, Rahdhebaige, S. Maradhoo Feydhoo. (Photo/Maldives Police Service)

Police had made an announcement seeking the public’s help in finding Faih on February 15, following his suspected involvement in a fight between two rival gangs.

He was on the run when he became one of the suspects in Naushad’s murder.

Siruhan was arrested on February 26, and Faih surrendered to police on March 21.