Criminal Court sentences an individual to community service for the first time

In a hallmark decision, the Criminal Court has sentenced a person who pled guilty for participating in a theft to community service – alongside a shorter jail sentence.

The judgment was issued last Sunday – the judge preceding the case was Judge Adam Mohamed.

Khalid Saifulla Shaagar, a Bangladeshi national, who was found guilty of participation in a theft during trial, was sentenced to jail for one month and 137 hours of community service.

Khalid pled guilty to being a look-out when another individual entered Litus Service Center in Male’ City with the intention to steal. The stolen goods were later found in Khalid’s room – which he shares with a group of people – as stated in the judgment.

It was further noted that during the trial – Khalid had explained why he had taken part in the theft. On this note, he said it was as his salary was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic – leading to severe financial difficulties, to the point of being unable to provide food for himself. The judgment also said that based on the statement he had made at the Court – he was remorseful for his actions.