Travel ban imposed on ex-High Court judge in connection to journo's murder

A travel ban has been imposed on former High Court judge, Hassan Ali in relation to the murder of Miniwan News journalist, Ahmed Rilwan.

A report published on Rilwan’s death by the commission set up by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to investigate murders and enforced disappearances said Hassan Ali, then the Controller of Immigration, had worked with two police intelligence officers to forge travel documents to falsely portay that Rilwan had traveled abroad. It has been reported that the travel ban on Hassan was issued by the presidential commission.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) suspended Hassan Ali earlier in September 2019 after the allegations against the judge surfaced in connection to Rilwan’s murder. The judge resigned from his post last July.

Rilwan was abducted in August 2014. As per the report prepared on his disappearance by the Commission, Rilwan’s disappearance and subsequent murder was a retaliatory act of a Maldives branch of extremist group Al-Qaedah after he ridiculed the religion.