Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, the defendant who detonated an IED during the attempted assassination of People’s Majlis Speaker Mohamed Nasheed on May 6, has agreed to a plea bargain with the State, nearly halving his sentence.
Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem stated at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that Adhuham Ahmed Rasheed, 26, struck a plea deal with the State on Monday.
Adhuham was charged with four terrorism-related offences: carrying out an act of terrorism, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, attempted murder with a sharp-edged tool or hazardous weapon, and supporting a terrorist organization.
He was charged based on evidence that he strapped the IED to the motorcycle, exploded the IED with a remote, critically injured Nasheed and endangered the lives of others in the area at the time, and confessed to authorities that he supports ISIS, the prosecutor general said.
According to PG Shameem, Adhuham signed a plea agreement under the Criminal Procedure Code to withdraw the charge of conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, which will reduce his sentence from 37 years to 23 years in prison if he confesses to the other three charges pressed against him at the Criminal Court.
Shameem believes Adhuham will not back out of the plea deal. “We have enough evidence to imprison him for 37 years,” he said.
The following people have been charged in connection with the case:
- Mujaz Ahmed, 21, Ma. Feyruge, K. Male’
- Thahmeen Ahmed, 32, Folheyma, GA. Kondey
- Ali Haisham, 27, Nooreege, N. Manadhoo
However, no charges were made against Ahmed Fathih, 23, who was one of the first suspects apprehended in connection with the case.
Shameem explained that, for the time being, they were unable to press charges against Fathih based on the evidence supplied. However, he did not provide any additional information, instead adding that the investigation is still ongoing.