The juvenile court has transferred a suspect in the murder of 19-year-old Ahmed Aseel to house arrest after the minor’s family said he has depression.
The court had previously ordered the minor to be kept in police custody until the murder trial ends.
The minor’s family submitted documents to prove he has depression, local media said.
Aseel was attacked in Malé in August last year and died as a result of his injuries. He was stabbed near Iskandhar School in the Machangolhi ward of the the capital on August 23 along with two others – aged 20 and 13-years-old – whose injuries were not critical.
Doctors had removed Aseel’s right leg in an attempt to save his life after he was stabbed six times.
Eyewitnesses said a group of masked men stabbed the two men in the back and struck the minor on the head before fleeing on motorbikes.
Some eight suspects, including two minors, have been charged over the murder.