The President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has decided to restore the death penalty in the Maldives, even for minors who, according to International Law are exempt from execution. In Maldives the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years of age in general, but for crimes such as robbery, fornication, consumption of alcohol, and apostasy the age of responsibility is 7 years of age.
The decision was announced by the Government on 27th April
The UN office of Human Rights has strongly condemned the decision and called for abolition of the death penalty. However, the President declares that "Killing must be countered by killing". The Republic of Maldives is an Islamic State and the law of charia, set aside for 60 years, is renewed.