CP requests meeting with parliament committee over journo death

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed has requested a meeting with the National Security and Foreign Relations Committee regarding the report prepared by Presidential Commission Investigating Murders and Enforced Disappearances on the murder of Miniwan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

Maldives Police Service stated that Home Minister Imran Abdulla and CP Mohamed Hameed met with Rilwan's family on Wednesday. The police also revealed that CP Hameed has officially requested the Parliament to fix a meeting with the National Security and Foreign Relations Committee.

At a press conference held on Sunday to reveal the findings of the commission's investigation into Rilwan's disappearance, the President of the Commission Husnu-Al-Suood said Rilwan's death stemmed from a dispute between an extremist religious organization and a group of people with 'progressive' ideologies who advocated for human rights in the Maldives.

While the accounts of the witness statements on how he was killed has some discrepancies, one account states Rilwan was wrapped in a net before he was killed while the other states he was made to utter the 'Shahada', the Islamic testimony of faith before he was murdered, said Suood. Secret witnesses have revealed that Rilwan was decapitated before his body was disposed of at sea.

Maldives Police Service has assured that the authority will investigate the murder of Rilwan, and take legal action against any police officers and persons involved in the incident.