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‘Party drug’ death suspects released



Suspects arrested in connection with the sudden and unexplained deaths of two young people in Hulhumale have been released.

Ahmed Haameen, a 22-year-old from the island of Thimarafushi in Thaa atoll, and 18-year-old Fathmath Sama, from the capital Malé, died at Hulhumalé beach after renting a guesthouse room for a birthday party on September 28.

Initial reports suggested Sama had drowned and that Haameen died after complaining of chest pains following a football match. But media focus later shifted to a suspected overdose or complications from using party drugs. Police found party drugs in the guesthouse room.

The four suspects, three men and a woman, were released before the end of their 15-day detention.

Police have 12 charges against them including the trafficking, peddling, dealing and use of cannabis and diamorphine (heroin) as well as attempted suicide and forcing, encouraging and assisting suicide.

A police spokesman said the suspects were released after “completing the procedures necessary to complete the investigation.”

He declined to give further details on the case.