Shan dismissed from government employment

Ali 'Satto' Shan (Satto) has been dismissed from his post as a supervisor at the Greater Male' Industrial Zone Limited (GMIZ).

Shan was dismissed over allegations that he was deeply involved in executing the murder of former Ungoofaaru MP and religious scholar, Dr. Afrasheem Ali.

Shan, an MDP activist, is suspected of being actively involved in executing the murder of the MP who was found dead in the stairwell of his residence on October 2, 2012. Shan was listed in the report published by the presidential commission investigating Murders and Enforced Disappearances on former MP Dr. Afrasheem Ali's murder as a suspect who carried out the murder. The report named Hussain Humam of Henveiru Lobby, and Ali Shan as two perpetrators who attacked and murdered the MP. It further named Shan as one of the key persons who planned the attack. When the information came to light Shan was working as a GMIZ's Jetty Supervisor at Thilafushi

Once the report was sent to the authorities, GMIZ suspended Shan from his post. GMIZ's Managing Director Ibrahim Rasheed (Ibu) stated to 'AVAS' that Shan was dismissed from his post the following his suspension.

While charges were raised on Shan over Afrasheem' s murder, they were later dismissed due to lack of evidence. Shan was fitted with an electronic tag during former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom's administration. However, the government was pressured into removing the authority given to then Home Minister Umar Naseer to fit tags, and the authority was given to a separate committee.

Shan's name was removed from the initial report prepared and approved by the sub committee. The report still named the remaining perpetrators who allegedly murdered the MP. The move prompted criticism towards the parliament and the government.However, after the sub-committee report was presented to the 241 committee, Shan's name was included once again before it was approved.