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Trial for 6 charged with Jian’s death to commence

20 March 2019, MVT 18:57
The construction site of Nalahiya Manzil where the cement bag accident occurred. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
20 March 2019, MVT 18:57

The Criminal Court, on Wednesday, scheduled the hearings for the six individuals charged over Rawshan Jian’s death for March 21.

The young Bangladeshi girl, aged seven, passed away while undergoing emergency treatment at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) after she was struck by a falling cement bag from a W Construction building site in the capital city of Male on December 2018. She was struck while walking with her parents.

The individuals charged with Jian's death are four Indian nationals and two Maldivians.

One of the Indian immigrants is charged under Penal Code Section 111 ‘manslaughter’ and will receive a six-year prison sentence if convicted.

Another of the Indian nationals is accused of being an accomplice to reckless manslaughter, a charge that carries a sentence of three years, two months and 12 days of jail time.

The remaining two immigrant workers were charged under Penal Code Section 618 for failing to provide appropriate warnings concerning a known risk to persons in danger without a sufficient reason. If convicted they will be sentenced to a month and six days of imprisonment.

The two Maldivians implicated in Jian's death, Moosa Hassan and Adam Shafeeg, are charged under Penal Code Section 112 for ‘negligent homicide’ which will mandate jail time of one year, seven months and six days in the event of a conviction.

Following the incident, the current administration took several measures to strengthen safety regulations at construction sites.

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