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Jian's death: state appeals case against W Construction MD

Ahmed Aiham
09 January 2020, MVT 09:38
A construction site of W Construction in Male City. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
09 January 2020, MVT 09:38

Prosecutor General's Office has appealed the Criminal Court's decision to acquit W Construction's Managing Director Adam Shafeeq, who was charged with negligent homicide over the death of Rawshan Jian.

The young Bangladeshi girl was struck by a cement bag that fell from the fifth storey of the Nalahiya Manzil construction site, managed by W Construction, in capital Male' on December 16, 2018. She succumbed to her injuries the next day while being treated in the intensive care unit at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).

Six people were charged including MD Shafeeq, Senior Site Supervisor Hassan Moosa, and four Indian nationals.

Moosa Hassan and Adam Shafeeq were charged with negligent homicide, over failing to take the necessary steps in hoisting cement bags with a lifting sling. The charge carries a minimum sentence of one year, seven months and six days in jail as per the Penal Code. While Moosa was found innocent, Criminal Court ordered a MVR 115,200 fine on Shafeeq.

Indian national Rajjav Ali, who operated the winch, was found guilty of reckless homicide. The PG Office stated that he had deliberately operated the winch despite not being tasked with doing so. He received a six-year jail term.

In addition, Muthumani Ramchandran was sentenced to three years, two months and 12 days of imprisonment, found guilty as an accomplice to Rajjav Ali's reckless homicide.

The two remaining expatriate workers were found guilty of failing to 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.

Jian was the elder of two daughters born to a family of Bangladeshi doctors working in Maldives.

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