DDCom summons former President Yameen over Rilwan’s murder

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at court, hearing the verdict for Yameen's 5 year jail sentence

Male’, Maldives — Presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances (DDCom) summoned jailed former President of Maldives, Yameen Abdul Gayyoom for questioning over the murder of journalist, Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla.

A member of the Commiision stated that Yameen was assked to come in for questioning on Tuesday, August 3 at 1400hrs. However, no further details were released regardting this.

Rilwan disappeared on August 7, 2014, and was never 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, concluded that Rilwan was kidnapped and killed by a local affiliate of al-Qaeda.

Additionally, the commission concluded 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.

President Solih earlier informed that 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.

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

The Commission had also stated that the knife that was belived 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 the confidentiality of the source.

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.