K. Male' | Aishath Shaany | 07-September-2017 | Thursday 17:12 | Shaaknee | Local | 636
The hearings in the trial of murdered writer Yameen Rasheed is to commence on Sunday.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:30 pm on Sunday.
While a total of seven individuals have been charged over Yameen's murder, Sunday's hearing is for six of the suspects.
The six are; Hussain Ziyad, Ismail Haisham Rasheed, Ismail Rasheed, Hassan Shifaz, Mohamed Dhifran and Ahmed Zihan Ismail.
They are charged with first-degree murder, while the seventh suspect is charged with accessory to murder.
According to the Maldives Police Sevice, Ismail Rasheed, Ismail Haisham Rasheed and Ahmed Zihan Ismail had been actively involved in the killing.
Yameen Rasheed was found stabbed to death on the stairwell of his residence M. Spatula in the early hours of 23rd April.
Police said that they had, in their investigation, analyzed over 1,850 hours video footage and 40,000 individuals between the ages of 20-40.
One of the most prominent bloggers in the country and a pro-democracy activist, Yameen Rasheed had been the biggest campaigner in the search for missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan.
However, MPS has said that their investigation did not show any links between Rilwan's abduction and Yameen's murder.
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