Swede accused of tourist deaths in Maldives

Question of whether to hand him over to Sharia court

A 23-year-old Swede being held in the Maldives has been formally charged with manslaughter following the deaths of two British newlyweds last August. According to the charge, he lost control of the quad bike he was driving, with the tourists as passengers, and it crashed into a tree. The Swede also received injuries. As reported in TTG Nordic at the time, the couple from the UK were killed on their honeymoon. They left behind a six-month-old baby. They were staying at the Kuredu Island Resort on the white-sand beaches of the northern reef of Lhaviyani Atoll. Witnesses say that the defendant had suggested he would give the couple a ride.
There is some debate as to whether to hand the Swede over to Islamic Sharia law, since the unusual nature of the case may not be fully covered by the established law in the country. The man’s lawyer argues that, as a non-Muslim, he cannot be charged under Sharia.
The Local / AFP
[pictured: Lhaviyani Atoll]

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