MVR 500,000 reward offered for info on knife related to missing journo case

The Presidential Commission on Deaths and Disappearances is seeking information on a knife used to threaten abducted Miniwan News journalist, Ahmed Rilwan.

A picture of a knife that was used to threaten Rilwan was publicised by the presidential commission on Monday. A statement issued by the commission said the knife fell on the road while Rilwan was being forced into a car near Flat number 21 of Hulhumale on the night of his abduction. The statement said the commission is offering a reward of MVR 500,000 for anyone who can provide accurate and substantial information regarding the knife.

The commission assured that the identity of any person who shares information will be protected.

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 Islam.