A body discovered in an apartment in the Bandeyri Koshi complex in Malé on Tuesday has been identified as Hammad Saeed, a 30-year-old man who had previously been convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug smuggling according to local media reports. Saeed was pardoned and released from prison before his death; however, the specifics of his amnesty remain undisclosed.

The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has not yet confirmed the identity of the deceased. Local media, citing family members, reported that Saeed had been residing with his family in Malé since his release.

Saeed’s body was discovered during a police search operation prompted by a tip off. According to a police spokesperson, the apartment was vacant at the time of the search.

According to media reports, the 30-year-old’s body was found in a state of decomposition, indicating that a considerable time had elapsed since his death. The police said they intend to conduct an autopsy to ascertain the cause and circumstances of death.

The Bandeyri Koshi complex, the location where Saeed’s body was discovered, is a housing estate in Malé initially intended for military service members and their families.