241 committee adds Smith and removes Sato from the report

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Security Services Committee of the Parliament (241 Committee) has passed its analysis of the investigative report compiled by the Disappearances and Deaths Commission (DDCom) on the murder of former MP and Islamic scholar, Dr. Afrasheem Ali.

However, the name of one of the initial suspects – MDP activist Ali Shan (Sato) was excluded from the analysis report with the addition of  Ali Hashim (Smith), also an MDP activist who currently holds a political post at the Tourism Ministry. He has been listed as one of the people involved in financial transactions in connection to the murder.

Dr. Afrasheem was murdered in the early hours of October 2, 2012 at the stairwell of his residence just as he returned home after appearing on a live TV show.

The police, arrested three suspects during the initial investigation into the murder; Sato, Humam and a minor.

The State did not pursue charges against the minor, while Satto and Humam were charged. The court acquitted Satto due to lack of sufficient evidence, while Humam, who confessed his guilt but later retracted it claiming duress  was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2014.