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Rights watchdog denies seeking charges over jailed protester's death

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Maldives' human rights watchdog on Thursday denied seeking formal charges of negligence over the death of an inmate.

Abdulla Rasheed Mohamed was sentenced to five years in prison over the clashes with security forces during the May Day protest in 2015.

With just a year left on his sentence, the 51 year old suddenly passed away while being treated at the state-run Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in October last year.

The Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) had launched an investigation after the victim's family had claimed gross negligence on the part of prison officials in Abdulla's death.

Following local media reports that HRCM has now sought formal charges, a commission official denied the reports insisting that the investigation was still ongoing.