Criminal Court rules migrant worker Salim guilty of Dhangethi murder

The water well in ADh Dhangethi where the victim was found | Photo: Adhadhu

Malé, Maldives – Earlier today, the Criminal Court of Maldives ruled that Bangladeshi migrant worker Shah Alom Mia (29), common name Salim, was guilty of both charges by the prosecution.

The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) charged 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.

The first charge could result in a death sentence depending on the request of the victim’s heirs scheduled to he heard at the next hearing. The punishment of the second charge is 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) and inflicting over 30 wounds to the deceased’s body.

On 14 October 2021, the body of Dhangethi businessman Mahmood Abu Bakr (57) was found disposed in a water well at an abandoned house on the island.