In a significant development, the National Integrity Commission (NIC) has determined that the police were negligent in the custodial death of Abdulla Rasheed and has recommended pressing charges, as reported by Adhadhu earlier this week.
Despite the NIC seeking charges, the specific nature of the charges and the identities of the accused remain undisclosed at this time. The move follows an investigation into the case, which gained attention after Rasheed complained of severe chest pains upon his arrest in Gaaf Dhaal Hoadedhdhoo.
Eyewitnesses at the harbor alleged that the police, rather than providing immediate medical attention, transported Rasheed to a hospital on a distant island, raising concerns about the handling of the situation. The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) also conducted an investigation into the incident.
A postmortem was performed against the wishes of Rasheed’s family, with the reasoning being that police negligence in the death could not be definitively determined. Rasheed was apprehended during a police drug operation on Hoadedhdhoo, with two others also taken into custody during the operation.
According to the police, Rasheed was declared dead upon arrival at the Gaaf Dhaal Madaveli health centre, where he was taken after experiencing chest pains and displaying symptoms of a seizure. As the case unfolds, the public awaits further details on the charges and the individuals implicated in this tragic incident.