The Criminal Court has decided to hold the murder trial of Yameen Rasheed, a renowned blogger who was brutally killed last April, behind closed doors.
The lower court is scheduled to hold the preliminary hearings of six out of seven suspects, who have been charged over the murder, on Sunday afternoon. According to the court, the state prosecution requested to close the doors on the trial.
The six suspects to be placed on trial are Ismail Haisham Rasheed, Ahmed Zihan Ismail, Ismail Rasheed and Hassan Shifaz of capital Male, Mohamed Dhifran of Gaafu Dhaal atoll Gahdhoo island, and Hussain Ziyad of Meemu atoll Kolhufushi.
The six are charged with homicide with sharp force. Out of the six, Ismail Haisham Rasheed and Ahmed Zihan Ismail were the two perpetrators physically involved in Yameen’s killing, while Ismail Rasheed was placed as a lookout outside Yameen’s apartment building the night of the murder.
Meanwhile, authorities are yet to disclose information on the seventh suspect. The Criminal Court has not scheduled a trial for the accused as well.
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