Foreign expert in Maldives to investigate missing journo case

An foreign investigator has arrived in the Maldives to assist in the investigation of the disappearance of local journalist, Ahmed Rilwan.

The Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances (DDCOM) confirmed the arrival of the expert in the Maldives. However, no further details were provided.

Maldives’ President, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced the government’s decision to bring in foreign experts to aid in the investigation earlier on August 8. The most recent statement released by DDCOM said the fact that the case remains unsolved brings a lot of grief to the family of the victim, and assured its continuous efforts to bring justice to the family.

The commission further said it is not too late for anyone with information on Rilwan’s disappearance to come forward with the information, and implored anyone with any such information to get in touch with authorities. The commission further assured that it would offer protection to any such persons.

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.