Elderly businessman allegedly murdered in Hoarafushi

A prominent businessman and seller of oil and hardware products has been found dead inside an abandoned house on Hoarafushi in Haa Alifu Atoll.

Police believe that 70 year-old Hussain Mohamed Manik may have been murdered.

An official from the island office told Minivan News that the body was discovered by the caretaker of the building last night.

“There were no injuries on the outside his body,’’ said the island official. ‘’He is from another island but has lived in Hoarafushi for a long time.’’

He said the incident had triggered uproar among the islanders.

“I heard that some of the islanders set huts belonging to gangs on fire. They believe that gangs were involved in this,’’ he said.

Local media reported that Manik’s hands were tied behind his back with rope, and that the body was lying on the ground in a prone position when discovered.

The island official said that it had rained heavily last night, and that  “nobody goes out in the rain. The streets would probably have been empty.”

Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said police had received the report this morning.

“We are currently investigating the case and it is very difficult to disclose any information,’’ Shiyam said, adding that the team dispatched to the island included Commissioner of Police Ahmed Faseeh, Deputy Commissioner Mohamed Rishwan and a team from of Serious and Organised Crime department.

President Mohamed Nasheed meanwhile expressed concern over the alleged murder. In statement from the President’s Office Nasheed sent “his deep condolences to the members of the bereaved family” and instructed the Maldives Police Service to “thoroughly investigate” the case.


15 thoughts on “Elderly businessman allegedly murdered in Hoarafushi”

  1. Aha! sound funny.. Look my dear readers.. the difference between democratic law & Islamic Sharia is, if u implement democratic law, than you can (try) to punish the man who did the crime. but in Islamic sharia you will be safe and the law will prevent the crime before even u think abt it by making death penalty on him. and the fear of been killed will stop it. this may sound nonsense to some idiots-maybe...

  2. I offer condolences to the victims family and my God All Mighty bless his soul.

    Murders, stabbings, drugs, roberies, rapes, kidnappings, burglaries and all such illegal activites are now an inherent part of the Maldivian society. The society is now very “friendly” and accommodating towards these crimes.
    The President is a thief, his press secretary had been found guilty on numerous occations for using illicit drugs, his political advisor was convicted of consuming alcohol. Party chairman was convicted of engaging in indecent activities. In short the present MDP government constitute of common criminals.

    It is also a fact that this MDP government inherited a crime friendly society . The big question is can common criminals fight crime and restore the society to civility. My answer is it can but it will not as they are crime friendly too.

  3. this government cannot control the gangs and crimes as it came to power on the votes of criminals and prison convicts. it was all about prisoners rights.not the law abiding citizen's rights. and now we are paying the price for it.

  4. Why is it that this man's (ex-)life appears to be more valuable than other people's lives? Only lowly policemen attend other murders. Why is the police commissioner attending this one? This could be a world first. Does this all confirm the Maldives as the third world banana republic that it really is?

  5. as long as current criminal court has a monopoly on all drug murder and gang related crimes this country will be like columbia. these criminal judges have never convicted serous drug trader, murdere and theives. only lowly crimials are given sentences. the Dons remain. the posh life of judges are questionable compared to thier salary. and there is no majlis, commision, or police who can put real criminal judges behind bars.

  6. President ordered his two boys to attend site and look into this crime. They were ordered before to arrest Yaamin and they obeyed like dogs do. No questions asked. Don't they have to think at least? Or are they capable of thinking?

  7. I don’t know why is a human life is so cheap in democratic nations, and not in Islamic states like Saudi and Afganistan. They don’t kill people, but they have been killed by democratic nation like USA, UK and other.. Dr.Billal Philliphs said that he was in Jedda for 14 years, n never locked his central door. This was in Saudi. Now think on it ofr a movent.. Realy.. u cant hankypanky in Saudi. Or u will be chopped of… this should be done here in Maldives immediately.. Everyone fear from Islamic law, even I . I used to say before. But now I am convinced of it. If someone killed my brother I would love the same for him. N that’s what they Wahhabi says.. Sound ecthicle and logical.. There is no rule to stop it, until u punish them heavily..KILL HIM AS HE DID. And clean the Maldives…

  8. What on earth is happening to the Maldives??Every time I look at your news it is full of drug arrests/murders/rapes.Afew years ago these things were never heard of,now it seams as if it is happening every day..Is it greed or envy??whatever it is you sensible people of the Maldives need to get on top of the cause.If you get a real bad reputation you will find the tourism will dissapear overnight.If God forbid any tourist gets robbed/murdered or raped,and the world finds out--that will kill your islands stone dead.Take heed of what I say--demand action from your government and the police,do not take no for an answer--demand severe punishment--advertise the severity of punishment--make your country the safest place in the world....

  9. its the drug problem idiots.you dont need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.almost all the crime in the country has something to do with substance taking.another example of how serious this has become.law enforcement agencies needs to tackle this problem seriously.for god sake we are talking about human life.we are not animals.government needs to take concrete measures to deal with the rising crime rate.

  10. sigh. may he rest in peace. may his family and friends have solace. may whoever is behind this get their just rewards. may people learn that human life is sacred. may our community learn compassion. may our nation find peace. may all our prayers be answered.

  11. So, we all believe this was the evil act of drug addicts. In that case, it should be plain sailing for our totally INCOMPETENT police to find enough evidence to comprehensively prove their case in the Courts.

    Don't blame the Courts or the Judges for 'freeing' criminals. The police have failed to produce satisfactory evidence in all those cases.

    Now, I don't know about the size of this island where the poor man was murdered or its population. But I DO know that it will be IMPOSSIBLE NOT to find the criminals behind this. The people who did this are on the island. They have relatives and friends. There are people on this island who know full well who was responsible for this despicable act. They are as guilty as the animals who carried out this act.

  12. Haveeru is reporting that the man who was murdered was a 'friend' of President Nasheed.

    It is complete hypocracy for the police chiefs to descend on the island just because this man was a friend of the top brass. We all deplore the criminal act of murder of this poor man.

    Nevertheless, the President himself has acted completely against the principles of democracy and good governance by ONLY reacting when a friend was murdered. There has been many murders under this regime of children, fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers. Where were the President and his mighty Police commanders then?

  13. With all due respect to the family of the bereaved, the presence of the CP and an ACP of the MPS is wholly unnecessary and, if claimed to be symbolic, possibly a political stunt to gain votes from a DRP-controlled island community.

    A suspected case of murder, not even confirmed, does not need the CP to attend to it personally. Nor does it require the presence of an ACP who deals with serious and organized crime. It needs to be investigated first. Not transformed into a circus. The properties set ablaze must have belonged to someone. Does this not constitute arson/vandalism/whatever our silly penal code stipulates?

    Almost all the problems in our country does not stem from such a simplistic problem as "drug-taking". There are a host of root causes. Such as:

    a) The lack of education and awareness (most importantly the poor government initiative to express upon the people that the English language is not the property of the Maldivian elite but a necessary instrument to gain access to a modern education).

    b) The lack of opportunity, in terms of employment, higher education/training & the access to housing, for a population that grows younger and younger each year. This opportunity is provided by our growing informal sector. A life of crime is NOT a choice. It is as much a product of circumstances as is any other proffession.

    c)The brash and open culture of corruption where hardworking individuals and intellectuals are passed on by nepotist/corrupt overlords in every branch of government. In a society such as Male's, where the public sector provides most employment opportunities, the lack of reform and career advancement in this sector saps aspiring youth of their energy and commitment thereby making them fatalistic and amoral.

    d) An obsession with loud declarations of faith in a religion which has seen to lost all its historic values such as the community spirit which brought nomadic warring tribes together to form an empire. An Islamic "ummah" does not exist any longer and trying to create it out of hate for the West is counterproductive.

    e) A stagnant economy and the lack of political will to truly address the lack of financial services to the average individual is a huge problem. Better housing is the solution to a lot of problems and the access to such housing should not depend on a government lottery but on proper economic principles. Low-cost housing solutions should be properly looked into.

    I can think of a whole lot more real reasons behind the degradation of our society but the important thing is that we should not issue blanket bans on an unrealistic grouping of anyone and everyone who has ever engaged in substance abuse - whether recreational or otherwise. We, as a society need to keep our focus on the pressing and very real issues that underpin the increasing social unrest in our society rather than distract ourselves playing the blame game. We need to pressure our politicians and the civil society to promote economic growth which will spur all other progress.


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