Twenty-one year-old Abdulla Muheeth was mistakenly killed by a gang on February 19 and was not the intended target, Police Inspector Abdulla Satheeh said on Monday.
Inspector Satheeh said the police investigation into Muheeth’s death showed that he was not attacked because he had done anything, and that he was a good person who had no police record.
He also noted that Satheeh was not a member of any gang, and was working in a good and responsible job when the incident occurred.
Police said four men and two minors have been arrested in connection with the case, all of them with criminal records.
Satheeh said there was enough evidence to prosecute the six suspects, but said police were still working to collect more evidence.
He said that police give high priority to such cases and assured the public that the case was proceeding at a fast pace.
Muheeth died on February19 after he was attacked at 1:55am in the morning. Three others were injured following a series of stabbings in the Maldives capital Male’ that same night.
A friend of Muheeth told Minivan News on condition of anonymity that Muheeth was never involved in any gang related activities and that he was a good person.
‘’He was a really nice friend, he treated all his friends like they were family to him, he was never involved in any gang related activity,’’ he said. ‘’It brought great sorrow to all his friends to hear he was murdered.’’
The friend alleged Muheeth was attacked by the gang because he was a close friend of the person they wanted to attack.
‘’It was a week after the person they wanted to attack had left the country to study and was killed,’’ he claimed. ‘’I say the assailants should receive the death penalty, and the police should also make them apologise to his mother and father.’’
He called on the police to investigate the case thoroughly and to bring everyone involved to justice.