Criminal Court remands two arrested for harbouring minor

Criminal Court remands two arrested for harbouring minor

The Criminal Court remanded two people over harbouring Shaim Abdulla, the 14-year-old who fled from the government-managed orphanage.

Police arrested a 46-year-old Maldivian female and s 23-year-old Maldivian male on Thursday and Friday respectively. While the woman was remanded for six days, the man received a 15-day remand period.

Shaim, a minor who disappeared from 'Kudakudhinge Hiya' for children under state custody, in the suburb of Villimale', was reported missing on June 18. Police publicly announced the search on June 20.

At the time, Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services remained silent about the matter and withheld information about Shaim being under state custody.

However, the ministry eventually confirmed that Shaim disappeared from 'Kudakudhinge Hiya', after a Juvenile Court order stating that the minor ran away from the orphanage started circulating on social media.