Migrant worker charged with first degree murder in Dhangethi murder case

Shah Alom Mia, Salim (29), Bangladesh | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Bangladeshi migrant worker Shah Alom Mia (29), common name Salim, has been charged with first degree murder under the Maldives Penal Code (Law no. 9/2014).

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) is charging Salim with,

  • Murder, for knowingly causing the death of another person.
  • Abuse of a corpse, for treating a corpse in a way that he knows would outrage ordinary family sensibilities.

If found guilty the first charge includes a death sentence, while the second adds 2 month and 12 day imprisonment.

Police stated on 2 December 2021 that the suspect has admitted to the murder of local businessman Mahmood Abu Bakr (57), inflicting over 30 wounds to the deceased’s body. Salim has also confessed to some other crimes.

The Police have collected CCTV evidence depicting Salim carrying the body of the victim on his shoulder at 02:00. At this time Salim is the only person to be observed in the CCTV footage of the island.

On 14 October 2021, a Abu Bakr’s body was found disposed inside a well in an abandoned home in ADh. Dhangethi.