Suspect in Sheereen murder case sentenced to 10 years on drug charges

A suspect in the murder case of 30 year-old Maryam Sheereen has been to sentenced 10 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of drug offences by the Criminal Court.

The court verdict read that on January 8 2009, police officers arrested Mohamed Najah and found illegal narcotics in his possession during a search of his person.

Najah’s urine also tested positive to benzodiazepine and opiates, the court stated, sentencing him to five years for possession of illegal narcotics and five years for use of illegal narcotics.

Sheereen’s murder case is still pending in the Criminal Court and will soon conclude. If found guilty, Najah will likely face the death penalty.

Heirs of Sheereen were recently summoned to the court to ask if they had any objections to the execution of Najah if he was found guilty, none of whom did.

According to the Penal Code if a person is found guilty of murder, Shariah law must be applied and the murderer must to be sentenced to death if no heir of the victim has an objection.

Evidence including video footage, phone recordings, DNA samples and testimony from both the taxi driver who unwittingly carried a suit case containing Sheereen’s body and a man who lived in the same apartment as the pair has been presented to the court by the prosecution. Sheereen was found dead under a stack of cement bags a construction site in Male’.


7 thoughts on “Suspect in Sheereen murder case sentenced to 10 years on drug charges”

  1. After all these clear evidences, if the death penalty is not upheld by the Judges, than the people should really go after the Judges and demonstrate in front of their houses. This is a chance for Judges to show which ones are willing to protect the innocent and which ones are easily corrupted.

    All eyes on the Judges..

  2. The public cannot and should not influence the judiciary.

    The lack of efforts by the State to prevent interest-groups such as those who promote the enforcement of retributive penalties in Shari'ah from attempting to influence the judiciary reflects the lack of State commitment to the independence of the judiciary.

    The tribal aspect of the Maldivian social system and lack of intellectual debate on Shari'ah as well as lack of confidence in State institutions lends momentum the eye-for-an-eye rallies seen on our streets of late.

    However, with reference for the need to align our domestic policies with our foreign policy goals, to ensure the free flow of financial assistance from international organizations such as the IMF, World Bank and various climate change adaptation funds, we must ensure that retributive justice is not implemented on our shores.

    Capital punishment should be shied away from if we are to keep the foreign company our external policy has courted since 1932.

    Our commitment to Islam has been merely declaratory for a long time. Recent interpretations of Islam borrowed from abroad are an even bigger mystery when compared with our earlier understanding of what Islam means to us. Unless and until public dialogue on our State religion allows and accepts intellectual and academic criticism and debate, we dare not implement an interpretation promoted by a special-interest group.

  3. And does this mean murder case is or will be disqualified?

    @ Muad MZ, our judges are incorrigible!
    Shaithaan by self would despite them being called judges! Would there be a point eying them?

  4. Then what about the murder he has done? The drug dealt sentence is going to be a joke as we all knoe he will be either on parole or released in few months time, which means basically he will be free, like everyone else.

  5. System has failed here. A 2y old crime, with clear evidence, was not prosecuted in time. A few years later, he stacked up worse atrocities, before he was sentenced to the first crime.

    What will happen next is:
    1)He will released on the next eid holiday, by the president, on account of gaining popularity.
    2)Our Judiciary will have a 2 year backlog of sentences to be handed over. so the death penalty still waits on judges table.
    3)This guy will then take out his anger on the murdered-family members for pushing death penalty on him.
    4)Meanwhile, the country will be in a frenzy for next elections, these new crimes will not even warrant a news item in the media.

  6. @Assad: Face facts. The judges are the people who let go of murderers in the first place not the government. It was not the current president who made all the rules and regulations which got such huge loop holes but the maumoon regime.
    Parliament does not pass a bill easily unless it affects them directly or indirectly. Therefore, such laws are backlogged.
    Once a judge sentence a certain person for death sentence it should be carried out so that future murderers or even serial ones would know there are direct consequences.
    @Tsk Tsk: yes we do depend on a lot of foreign investments but that does not mean that we should not follow shariah law to an extent. We are a muslim country and we are muslims apart from a few who things being an athiest is fashionable these days. Dont get me wrong, i am not saying everytime some one robs we have to chop off their hand but we do need some hard sentences so that these people will learn something. Just because we sentence some one to death does not mean its because islam asks for it. Places like America kills alot more people who are on death penalty so why cant we?

  7. Well from all the previous records, its clear that hardcore criminals will never be in jails for such a long time. And as far as death penalty is concern its only on the papers to show people that there is some law like that also which we not use for criminals.

    All people knows who are drug dealers in their area and still they keep quiet, even police and government officials also knows this, the reason of this silence is simple they also don't have a trust on law makers that they will be able to protect themselves or the public.


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