High Court dismisses appeal case

Maldives High Court on Wednesday has dismissed an appeal case against Adam Shafeeq, Managing Director of W Construction. All charges has now been acquitted of charges of negligence over the death of Rawshan Jian.

The young Bangladeshi girl was stuck a cement bag that fell from the fifth stories of Nalahiya Manzil construction site which was managed by W Construction in capital city of Male’ on December 16, 2018. Which lead to the death of the young child.

In response the Criminal Court charged six people in relation to her death which includes the Managing Director Shafeeq, Senior Site Supervisor Hassan Moosa and four Indian Nationals. Despite the charges five was found guilty but Shafeeq was acquitted as the court decided he did not bear criminal responsibility.

The state appealed lower court verdict at the High Courts in January. However, the court decided to dismiss the case on Wednesday.

Shuaib and judges Abdulla Hameed and Abdul Raoof Ibrahim on the High Court bench unanimously ruled to dismiss the appeal case. Judge Shuaib Hussain Zakariyya, Abdulla Hameed and Abdul Raoof Ibrahim on the High Court bench unanimously ruled to dismiss the appeal case.

Its been stated that Site Supervisor Moosa Hassan was also charged with negligent homicide, over failing to take the necessary steps in hoisting cement bags with lifting sling. The Criminal Court had ordered a MVR 115,000 fine on Moosa Hassan. Furthermore, Indian national Rajjav Ali, was found guilty of reckless homicide. Muthumani Ramchandran was sentenced to three years, two months and 12 years for imprisonment. The remaining two expatriate workers were found guilty of failing warn of the imminent danger.

However, the Criminal Court, upon request by the defendants’ lawyer Hussain Shameem, converted the jail term into an MVR 7,200 fine.

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