Anas’ Murder: Suspect released as accusations are unproven

Anas was stabbed to death by a group of masked assailants on 31 July, 2017. | Photo: Facebook

Male’, Maldives — Due to the lack of evidence and unproven accusations, the Juvenile Court has ruled to release the youngest suspect of the murder of Mohamed Anas.

On 31st July 2017, Mohamed Anas was stabbed to death by a group of masked assailants. The incident was seen through CCTV footage which showed that Anas ran into a Litus Service Center in an attempt to flee from his attackers, however, he was brutally murdered in the garage by a group of seven people.

The seven suspects whom which the state has pressed charges against are, Ahmed Zayan, Usman Shareef and Afrah Abdul Razzaq with first-degree murder and  Junaih Abdulla, Hassan Mahfooz, Mohamed Shaaz and Simah Moosa with accessory to murder.

As one of these suspects was a 17 year old when he was accused of the murder of Anas, the media refrains from revealing information of the minor as the law is against it although he is now 20-years-old.

An official of the Juvenile Court informed that all of the defense witnesses the boy has presented states that they are not aware of who had attacked Anas that day and that the then 17-year-old was at Hulhumale’ with his friends and did not go outdoors till midnight.

The official further stated that although the video analysis report showed similar features of the suspected boy, the maker of the report mentioned that the features that are visible are very common features and that it can be seen in any other person as well.

As court was unsure of the involvement of this boy in the murder of Anas, the court has announced that the suspect will be released due to lack of evidence and unproven accusations.

Although the prosecutors have presented several evidences against the accused suspects, all of them have pleaded “not guilty” for the murder of Anas.