PG charges one suspect over expat death in Himmafushi

Aerial view of K. Himmafushi lagoon. PHOTO/HOUSING MINISTRY

Aerial view of K. Himmafushi lagoon. PHOTO/HOUSING MINISTRY

The Prosecutor General’s Office has levied charges against one suspect in the death of an expatriate, who was employed at the Life water plant in Kaafu atoll Himmafushi island.

The suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed so far, is being charged under Section 141 of the Penal Code for “Criminal Coercion”.

Police had forwarded the cases of two suspects to the PG Office; however, the second individual has not been indicted.

Following the death of the 38-year-old Bangladeshi national on August 19, Police had initially arrested the manager of the water plant along with two other individuals. The manager was later released as he was arrested by police officers in plain clothing, in contravention of the Criminal Procedure Act. Meanwhile, the second suspect has been remanded until the end of the trial.

The healthcare centre in Himmafushi had initially declared that the expat worker died of cardiac arrest. However, the case was turned over to the police for further investigation after other expatriate workers at the water plant alleged that the Bangladeshi had been abused.

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