Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed revealed today that a letter had been forwarded to the Parliament requesting the facilitation of enforcing the death penalty in the Maldives.
In response to a question from Haveeru, Home Minister detailed that there were certain procedures needed to implement capital punishment.
“At present the means to carry out the death penalty do not exist. For example in some countries death sentences are carried out by lethal injection or hanging. However, such methods have not been established in the Maldives,” Jameel responding to the question over the implementation of the death sentence to the murderers of lawyer Ahmed Najeeb said.
Dr Jameel added that a Court would not deliver a verdict that cannot be enforced in the Maldives, while adding that the Home Ministry had no authority to enforce or hold the implementation of any sentences delivered by the Courts.
“Once a verdict is delivered, every stage of the verdict must be fulfilled. The most important thing is to ensure that the procedures needed to enforce every sentence is met,” he added.
Fathimath Hana, 18 and Ahmed Murrath, 29 have been sentenced to death after confessing to the murder of prominent lawyer Ahmed Najeeb.