Full investigative report of Rilwan’s case will be complete this year: President Solih

Missing journalist, Ahmed Rilwan Abdullah | Photo: Open Source

Male’, Maldives — The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has informed that the Commission on Disappearances and Deaths has said that the investigation of the kidnapped and executed journalist, Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla will be completed with a full report of the case report this year.

President Solih stated that upon a question raised by an MDP candidate regarding the death of Rilwan. He responded by saying that the Commission on Disappearances and Deaths have been updating Rilwan’s family of the case.

He added that currently, the Commission is working with a foreign expert on investigating the case and have also sent the case of Rilwan to abroad for further investigations.

According to President Solih, the Commission on Disappearances and Deaths had requested to give a year’s duration to complete the full report of Rilwan’s case, which President Solih and granted.

We are now waiting for a full report regarding Rilwan’s death with the help of foreign experts before the end of this year.

President Solih

The Commission had earlier informed that the knife that was suspected to have been used for the murder of Rilwan was sent abroad for further investigation and noted that they have found important proof from the knife.

Along with this, the Commission has also announced that anyone who provides credible information regarding the knife will be offered a reward of MVR 500,000, with the assurance of maintaining confidentiality of the source of information.

Information about the knife is requested to be provided to the DDCOM office, or forwarded to the commission’s official phone number 7390841. The number is available for contact via WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber and Signal as well.

Rilwan disappeared on 7th August 2014, and has never been seen or heard of since. The DDCOM, which was comprised of former Attorney General and current Supreme Court Justice Husnu Suood as chair along with Abdulla Munaz, Adam Ibrahim, lawyer Fareesha Abdulla and journalist Misbah Abbas, which concluded that Rilwan was kidnapped and killed by a local affiliate of al-Qaeda, and said that those who organized and financed the abduction of Rilwan and murder of Rilwan’s friend and blogger, Yameen Rasheed were the same. However, justice is yet to be served.