Nadheem’s murder: State appeals acquittal of four suspects

The men charged with the murder of Nadheem Abdul Raheem (Nadey), 24, from HA. Thakandhoo.

State has appealed Criminal Court’s acquittal of all four men charged in the 2017 murder of Nadheem Abdul Raheem (Nadey) to High Court. 

Nadheem, 24, HA. Thakandhoo, was stabbed while inside the Terminal Café in Male’ City on July 27, 2017. He died from injuries he sustained in the attack two days later, on July 29, 2017.

Four people were charged in connection to the murder. They are:

  • Mohamed Mafaz Hussain Saleem, G. Shaaraaz, K. Male’
  • Ali Nifaz, Vidhaathari, L. Gan
  • Hussain Shamin, Samantha, R. Innamaadhoo
  • Mohamed Karam Suhail, Havaas, GA. Gemanafushi

Mafaz was charged with murder with intent using a sharp-edged weapon, while the other three were charged as accessories.

Criminal Court found all four suspects not guilty of the charges on November 14.

Prosecutor General’s Office’s (PG Office) Spokesperson Ahmed Shafeeu confirmed to Sun on Tuesday that the state has appealed the judgment to the High Court.

Some of the state’s witnesses in the case had later recanted their testimonies, while some had refused to give testimony.

Serial gang attacks had taken place in Male’ City after some of the witnesses testified. However, allegations that there was a link between the testimony and the attacks were never officially confirmed by authorities.