Maldives blogger's murder trial on Sun

Criminal Court has scheduled the first hearing of renowned local blogger and social media activist Yameen Rasheed's murder on Sunday.

The 29-year-old social media activist was found with severe stab injuries in the stairwell of his home in April and was rushed to the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Seven suspects have been charged with first degree murder and all would respond to the charges during Sunday's hearing which has been scheduled for 3pm.

Yameen had been very vocal about receiving death threats for publishing his strong views on politics and religious extremism through his political-satire blog ‘The Daily Panic’. He had even claimed on social media that he reported these threats to the police, but that it fell on deaf ears. However, the police claim that they did investigate the threats and gave regular updates to Yameen.