Court sentences Lance Corporal Adam Haleem’s murderer to death

The Criminal Court has found Ahmed Samah of Kaashidhoo guilty of murdering Police Lance Corporal Adam Haleem and sentenced him to death.

The Criminal Court ruling stated that the court had obtained statements from three of the four heirs of Adam Haleem, all of whom who had informed the court that they approved the passing of the death sentence against Samah if the court were to find him guilty.

According to the ruling, the fourth heir of Adam Haleem was his one year-old child, and stated that according to the Hanifee and Maalikee Sects of Islam, the other heirs could approve the death sentence on behalf of the infant.

On July 23, Adam Haleem was stabbed to death by Mohamed Samah at 12:00 am while Haleem was on his way to report for duty.

On July 31 last year, Samah confessed in the Criminal Court to attacking Lance Corporal Adam Haleem, stating that he was under the influence of alcohol after drinking cologne.

According to local media, Samah told the court he attacked Haleem with the intention of frightening him but not to kill him, and told the court he wished to repent and apologise to Haleem’s family.

On November 12, a second hearing of the case was held during which Samah said that the confession he made during the previous hearing was a result of police torture while in custody.

The presiding judge asked if Samah could prove the allegation to the court, but Samah said he could not.

Last year after completing the investigation into the case police told media the incident occurred while Haleem was on the way to the police station. The officer had spotted Mohamed Samah outside while he was supposed to be under house arrest.

According to police, Haleem followed Samah to his house and asked him to get ready to come with him to the police station.

According to police procedure, a person under house arrest who fails to comply with court order is to be arrested and taken to the court, and transferred to a pre-trial detention centre.

Samah refused to go to the police station and became angry. He entered his house and took an eight inch knife from the kitchen, which he used to stab Haleem in the left side of his chest, according to police.

Before Haleem was attacked, he called the police station had informed officers on duty that Samah was breaching his house arrest, and asked them to attend the scene. However by the time the other police officers arrived Samah had stabbed Haleem and his body was lying on the ground.

Police officers took Haleem to Kaashidhoo Health Centre, but Haleem failed to survive the deep wound in his chest and died at 12:10am that night.

Samah was arrested the next day and was suspected of being under the influence of illegal drugs. The test results showed his body contained THC (cannabis) and AMP (amphetamines), police said.

Recently, Attorney General Azima Shukoor drafted a bill on how the death sentence should be implemented in the Maldives, and proposed using a lethal injection.

The bill is now open for public comments and has not been yet sent to the parliament. Currently there are no laws that state how to execute death sentences – such sentences have traditionally been commuted to 25 year life sentences by presidential decree.

The last person to be judicially executed in the Maldives was Hakim Didi, who was executed by firing squad in 1953 after being found guilty of conspiracy to murder using black magic.


10 thoughts on “Court sentences Lance Corporal Adam Haleem’s murderer to death”

  1. To be, or not to be: that is the question.
    William Shakespeare....
    punishment or mercy?
    unfortunately if criminals will know that for murdering somebody they will stay in prison but not in the coffin-Situation never will change/
    But from another point of view we are in 21 century not in wild age/
    so what is best variant for civilized society?

  2. Frankly, I don't believe that death sentence should be carried out for those who committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol since they wouldn't have control over themselves.

    If we are to implement a death penalty then it is important to consider whether the suspect was in control of his impulses during the act.

  3. @ Raven.

    Yeah. Ahmed Samah should be freed, and given another bottle of cologne for him to sniff. So that he can stab someone else to death.

    Come to think of it, he should be allowed to stay in ur home. He'll probably have a wonderful time stabbing all ur family members. And then when he gets arrested again, u can comment in this forum, "why is ahmed samaah arrested ! he should be free ! free to drink cologne or beer or whatever he wants ! free to stab anyone ! free to rape and pillage and plunder ! why are u people encroaching on ahmed samah's rights to stab other people ! set him free ! this is a democracy !"

  4. "The last person to be judicially executed in the Maldives was Hakim Didi, who was executed by firing squad in 1953 after being found guilty of conspiracy to murder using black magic."

    Come on guys!

  5. Using alcohol and drugs comes on top of the murder (although it's a tiny thing compared to a murder), instead of giving him a less severe punishment. As an adult human, you are responsible for your acts, you are supposed to keep control of yourself. If you fail to do so, you face the consequences.

    Apart from that, I'm against executing the death penalty.

  6. @ avenge

    He doesn't have to be killed to prevent him from doing any of those things, he can be kept imprisoned.

  7. Killing this man is state sponsored murder. Please don't kill your own citizens, not many around you know?

  8. Wondering neither Haveeru nor Minivan news publish the news about the beheading of young sri Lankan girl, which was the headline for most south Asian media

  9. no body has the right to kill another living. so in any case whether a murder or any other crime i don't believe that death is the solution,and also its not effective.peace

  10. @avenge: Who says I want him to run around freely? The man should be imprisoned for his crimes.

    The reason why the system is so terrible is not because of a lack of death penalty but because of just how broken the current judicial system is. Why not fix the system and then if it does not work then introduce the death penalty?

    The main reason why I'm against he penalty is because I doubt that the current system will carry this out fairly.


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