While it has been a week into the gruesome murder of taxi driver Gasim Hassan, authorities are yet to make arrests in connection to the case.
The 59-year-old taxi driver was slain in capital city Malé’s suburban extension Hulhumalé on the night of 4 December. He was stabbed to death by gang members and was found lying on the ground, in a puddle of blood.
While he was rushed to Hulhumalé Hospital with stab wounds on his neck and several other parts of his body, Gasim was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police revealed that it’s Serious Crime Department of Investigation is carrying out investigations and that they are currently analyzing CCTV footage in the area, in order to identify the culprits.
A few days following his murder, the association of drivers called on the government to implement the death penalty on the culprits, and to punish them duly, as stated in Islamic law.
Close associates said that they don’t believe there is “any reason” to kill Gasim.
The department has drawn public criticism over the delay in serving justice for the slain taxi driver, with some taking to social media that investigations “are slow because he was an ordinary man” and condemning the delay in seeking out the perpetrators.