Dr Afrasheem was stabbed near his residence on 2 October 2012. He was already pronounced dead when brought to ADK Hospital that day.
The investigation to the death of Dr Afrasheem was one of the largest scale operations carried out by the Maldives Police Service with regular press briefings. On 23 May 2013 Hussain Humam, a suspect apprehended related to the stabbing of Dr Afrasheem, confessed to the murder. Humam was convicted, and sentenced to death. His execution would be the first for over sixty years in the Maldives if it is carried out. Amnesty International reports that it has serious concerns about the trial and conviction.