Adeeb to ex-pres following RaajjeTV arson: "Mission Accomplished"

The report prepared on former MP Dr. Afrasheem Ali's murder by the Presidential Commission Investigating Murders and Enforced Disappearances has revealed that former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor sent a text message which said 'Mission accomplished', to then president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom following the 2013 arson attack on RaajjeTV.

The report included a statement given by former Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Nazim to the investigative commission, which said that President Yameen received a text message from Adeeb on the day of the arson while Nazim was at the President's residence playing a game of cards. As the president had difficulty reading the text without his spectacles, he handed the phone to Nazim and asked him to read the message out loud, the statement said. The message was sent by Adeeb, and read "Mission accomplished", said Nazim.

"At the time, I did not realise what it [the message] meant. However, when I found out about the arson attack later the same day, I realised the message was in reference to the attack," Nazim told the commission.

Nazim said Adeeb has always spoken to Yameen on such matters. He further alleged that Adeeb had conversations with former MP Moosa Manik's son-in-law, Abdulla Jawid, on plans to detonate a bomb on former president Mohamed Nasheed's vehicle to prevent him from running in the 2013 presidential election.

RaajjeTV was torched on October 7, 2013. A video which showed a group of people breaking down the gate of RaajjeTV office, and throwing petrol was publicized. While a man was arrested and charged in relation to the attack, the trial is still ongoing at the Criminal Court.