Hithadhoo man beaten to death in custody allege family, friends

A 20 year-old man from Hithadhoo died in police custody early Friday morning, after he and a 24 year-old man were arrested in a drug-related case.

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said the two men were arrested in a hospital toilet on Veymandoo in Thaa Atoll, allegedly in possession of drugs, and confirmed that Abdulla Basith Zubair later died in custody.

Basith’s family, including his mother, brother and best friend, were fighting back tears as they explained they were in “deep shock”, but said they had to prepare for his body to be brought home. In Muslim tradition the dead must be buried the same day they die.

“It is really upsetting, I am in deep shock,” Basith’s friend said. “We are bringing the body home now. He was beaten by the cops because they say he had drugs. They say it was an overdose, but he was beaten black and blue. There is no justice for us. They will not investigate. I can’t believe my best friend is dead.”

Another second friend, who attended Hithadhoo school with Basith, said “This is very sad news, he was a very good person with a good heart. I am in shock. His friend saw everything, [Basith] was brutally beaten. It’s murder!”

Basith brother was busy arranging the funeral. Townsfolk were gathered outside the family home to pay respects to the young man.

Sub-Inspector Shiyam said police were investigating the incident. The Police Integrity Commission and the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) had been informed, he added.


17 thoughts on “Hithadhoo man beaten to death in custody allege family, friends”

  1. Here we go again.....

    Reminds me of the day when a few young Maldivians were beaten in Jail and one brought to IGMH, another sailed off to Lanka...

    Nerve racking.. Police cannot look into a police case..Who can?

  2. I think it is an inaccurate statement saying "In Muslim tradition the dead must be buried the same day they die."

    In tradition a Muslim is to be buried as soon as possible

  3. If you don't want your "best" friends to die, ask them politely, not to TOUCH drugs!

    There is no better advice that you can give a friend.

    Stop accusing the Police. There are institutions in place now, that have the power to look into cases like this.

  4. I do not know this man but I have never been able to get over the news of his death. This is the most depressing news I have heard in a long time.

    If this death has occurred few years ago, there will be a big crowd calling for justice.

    Today there is no one. It seems the custodial death of a young man isn't much to worry about.

    I hope the Police Integrity Commission investigate this in the next 3 days and bring the responsible people to justice.

    I hear that the man had his friend with him. Surely he would know what happened. And I'm sure he would be now facing threats to keep his mouth shut.

    The government changed but the culture remained.

    My deep condolence to the family and friends.

  5. poor fella busted in a public toilet face death hahahahha but the real drug dealers enjoying on the beach with a telephone call to high police rank inspectors talking abt comissions and next shipment arrival..gagagagagaga wot a joke...u all jokers will face some crazy jokers soon...i am not sure who will laugh dat day

  6. police integrity commission belongs in DRP side, so there is little if any that they can do. If these commissions were not biased in favour of political parties then there is hope that these cases can be solved. But its not to be so. DRP just have to have their parallel administration originating from Majlis.

  7. Blame Maumoon. This wouldn't have happened if Maumoon haven't returned to the country.

  8. Another man beaten by police.. Police abuse their powers.. these things are really common in Maldives. And more serious among people in islands. Police officers thinks they can do what ever they want in their uniform and forget they are civil servants!
    For example see the brutal violence near BG (In maafannu) a few weeks ago..
    this is a clip in youtube..


  9. This must be the work of Gayoom. Under Anni's rule a thing like this would never happen!

  10. The police are out of control. They must be taught a lesson.

    They are here to serve and protect the people. Failure to obey that directive will not be tolerated.

  11. Drug pushers. They encourage others to participate. And who knows how many would have been enticed by this drug user.

    It's gods will that he died. It's god's will that he got caught doing drugs. And it's god's will that the swinging baton of the policeman caught his face and killed him.

    How else could he have died?

  12. @hood you didn't mention why police beat him. Is it bcaz he was studying in his home or he beat one police officer. Dont you know he belongs to one of the notorious gangs in Male' and robbed so many places and took part in so many gang violence. Please dont defend criminals they should be punished then only we can live in peace


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