Man arrested for murder of 13yr old charged with sex offences

Ibrahim Zihan charged with the murder of 13 year old boy | Photo: Dhuvas

Malé, Maldives – Ibrahim Zihaan, 27, arrested in relation to a 13 year old being found dead early Tuesday, was charged with sexual abuse at the Criminal Court hearing today.

At the Court hearing, Maldives Police Service raised 4 criminal offences against the alleged, including that of sexual abuse on a minor. Other charges include deliberate murder and that of rape.

After hearing the appeal, the Criminal Court has remanded the alleged until the end of the investigation.

Authorities have revealed that the deceased body was uncovered in Hulhumalé. The child’s family had filed a report over the child’s kidnapping with the Police on June 20, 2021.

According to Maldives Police Service, following a 48 hour search, the body was located at approximately 02:38. Further sources have alleged that the body was brought in from the lagoon.

Police also stated that two arrests were made in connection to the murder and kidnapping. At present, the suspects are another minor aged 17 and an adult aged 27. Since, local media ‘Mihaaru’ has reported that the two individuals were known to be friends with the young victim.

Authorities have assured that the matter is currently being investigated as a serious matter.