MALDIVES: NABEELâ€™S EXECUTION ORDER APPEALED IN HIGH COURT
March 21, 2011: The death penalty issued in Maldives by the Criminal Court to Mohamed Nabeel, 21, of Maafanu Asaree, who was convicted of stabbing Faruhad, 18, of Seenu Atoll Hulhudhoo Lilymaage to death, has been appealed in High Court, Haveeru Daily website reported.
A High Court official said the death penalty was appealed on February 1 â€“ 71 days after it was issued on November 22, 2010.
Criminal Court also sentenced two other suspects â€“ Ali Razeen, 21, of Maafannu Bluelake Cottage and Ibrahim Naufal, 20, of Maafannu Reyalivaage â€“ in the murder of Abdulla Faruhad to four years imprisonment.
Delivering the verdict in Nabeelâ€™s trial, Criminal Court Judge Ali Hussein Rasheed declared that Nabeel and his younger sisterâ€™s confessions in the police investigation were valid despite rejecting the charges in the trial.
Nabeel was sentenced to death because Faruhadâ€™s four heirs demanded it.
â€śAs death sentence is the penalty for murder under Islamic Shariâ€™a and Abdulla Faruhadâ€™s heirs demanded it, the court, therefore, sentences Mohamed Nabeel to death,â€ť Rasheed declared. (Sources: HNS, 21/03/2011)