The body of an unidentified man, discovered in an apartment at the Bandeyri Koshi complex in Malé on 13 May, has been sent to India for a postmortem, according to the Maldives Police Service (MPS).

The police had previously stated their intention to conduct an autopsy to ascertain the cause and circumstances of the man’s death. Local media identified the deceased as Hammad Saeed, a 30-year-old man previously convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug smuggling. However, authorities have yet to confirm the identity of the deceased.

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. Media reports indicate that the body was found in a state of decomposition, suggesting that considerable time had elapsed since his death.

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