800 letters urge police to speedup blogger’s murder probe

Slain blogger Yameen Rasheed’s family has sent 800 letters to the police, urging to hasten the murder investigation.

The letters were sent to the police on behalf of the family, by the blogger’s father Hussein Rasheed. Hussein had addressed the press, stating that the course of previous murder investigations were unsettling to the family. He added that they had that also requested for involvement of foreign investigators into the case of Yameen’s murder.

“We want the police to carry out the investigation as swiftly as possible. They have not reported any developments in the investigation yet, but they have reiterated that they are working round the clock to hunt the culprits behind Yameen’s murder” said father Hussein Rasheed.

The police has made one arrest in connection to the murder of renowned local blogger and social media activist Yameen Rasheed’s murder. The suspect has now been remanded for 15 days by the criminal court.

Police had previously launched a special operation to patrol the streets of the capital Male and raided several houses, believed to be connected to the gruesome stabbing murder.

The police identified suspects involved in the murder through a series of CCTV footage and have officially announced a manhunt. During an impromptu press conference last Tuesday, assistant police chief Abdulla Nawaz said the culprits believed to have murdered the blogger Yameen had been caught on CCTV camera. 

Nawaz further said that the police are still reviewing more CCTV footage, and working on enhancing the images which will help identify the perpetrators better. They are also questioning suspects and pursuing leads after identifying some persons of interest, he had added. 

The gruesome murder of Yameen Rasheed had left the entire nation – especially active social media uses, who Yameen was a close ally to, shaken by the news. The public has come together and started a petition to get justice for the blogger, and the petition is to be submitted to president Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayoom. 

According to Yameen’s family, he was stabbed over 16 times in the neck, head and even the face at around 3am in his own home’s stairwell.