The Supreme Court of the Maldives has officially set the amount of financial compensation for convicted murder as MVR 1 million.
The financial compensation for murder also known as ‘Diya’ in Islamic Shariah, had been designated as MVR 100,000 in the Maldives since 1995. However, in some cases, the court has ordered higher amounts as Diya. The amount is based on the Islamic Shari’ah which designates 100 camels or the equivalent financial amount as Diya.
The new policy published by the Supreme Court states the minimum amount to be taken as Diya has been set as MVR 1,000,000. The court stated the amount must be paid within a duration ordered by the court. The court also stated in cases where the death penalty cannot be carried out, individuals convicted of murder must also fast for two consecutive months, in addition to providing the financial compensation to the family or heirs of the victim.
The new policy publicised by the Supreme Court also includes the description of the penalties to be imposed on non-marital sex, wrongfully accusing someone of committing the sin of non-marital sex, and the consumption of alcohol. An individual found guilty of non-marital sex will be subject to 100 lashes and one-year imprisonment, while the penalty for false accusation of non-marital sex is 80 lashes and the additional punishment as per the Penal Code. An individual found guilty of consuming alcohol will be subject to 40 lashes and the additional punishment as per the Penal Code.