Hussain Mawaz, 25, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of his brother, Ahmed Shuaib in Maradhoo Feydhoo district of Addu City.

The event unfolded on the night of 31 May when Hussain Mawaz stabbed his older brother Ahmed Shuaib at their family residence. Shuaib was pronounced dead shortly after being admitted to Addu Equatorial Hospital. Initially, Mawaz went into hiding but turned himself in on 1 June after police issued a search for him.

The Criminal Court found Mawaz guilty based on his confession during a hearing held on 31 August. Mawaz detailed the stabbing, expressing remorse and stating that he had repented for his actions. A plea agreement was later executed between Mawaz and the Prosecutor General’s Office, which resulted in a reduced sentence.

Originally, Mawaz faced up to 15 years in prison due to his prior criminal record, which includes rape and diamorphine trafficking cases. However, because he cooperated with the authorities and confessed to his crime, the plea agreement proposed lowering the sentence to 12 years and six months. 

Presiding Judge Adam Mohamed further reduced this sentence to 12 years, three months and 16 days. As a form of expiation, known as Kaffarah, Mawaz is also required to fast consecutively for 60 days.

Although the court records didn’t specifically mention the cause of the dispute that escalated into this fatal event, it has been learned from local sources that the disagreement had been related to drugs.