Foreign expert brought in for Rilwan’s case

Journalist Rilwan's family members in Colombo, Sri Lanka August 28, 2018. | Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

An oversees investigator has arrived to work the case of kidnapped and executed journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla.

Rilwans’s family requested that the government bring in a foreign expert back in July, which was granted by the government. It has been reported that the investigator has since arrived in Maldives a few days ago.

Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances confirmed that a foreign expert was working with them on Rilwan’s case.

While no details have been revealed regarding the investigation, member of the Commission Misbaah Abbas said “we have started working with a foreign expert a while back”

Rilwan’s family have been asking for justice since he disappeared back in 2014 and have expressed their concern over the delayed investigation. The government has received massive backlash as no individual involved in the abduction and murder has been prosecuted as of yet.

Back in August President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that work to get justice for Rilwan will not stop.

Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances previously concluded that Rilwan was forced into a car at knifepoint outside his home on the island of Hulhumale and taken to a boat out at sea where he was killed.

Husnul Suood, former President of the Commission and current Supreme Court Justice, said the commission’s nine-month investigation found that then-President Abdulla Yameen tried to “divert the focus” of the police investigation, while his former deputy tried to obstruct justice in the case.