The Prosecutor General has refuted a statement by the High Court that said that the office did not appeal in the case of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla who went missing in 2014.
Prosecutor General's Office said the statement by the High Court that said the PG did not appeal the case to the High Court after the Criminal Court decided to acquit the two suspects charged in the case of Rilwan, was not true.
Nearly five years have passed since Rilwan went missing and it should be noted that the appeal process has still not begun at the High Court nearly a year after the Criminal Court decided to acquit the two suspects charged in the case.
Prosecutor General Bisham has stated in the Parliament's Judiciary Committee that the office had asked to appeal in the case of Rilwan after an MP posed her the question of whether the office had appealed.
A request by the grieving family of Rilwan to clarify this issue from the High Court saw the court state that it had no record of such a request by the PG to appeal in this case. However, a tweet by the PG office last night refuted this statement by the High Court and stated that it had even received an answer from the High Court for its request.
Massala isthiunaaf kurumuge hudhdha dhevvun edhi mi ofeehun HC gai edhifaivaane. Javaabu ves vanee libifai. Criminal Court ge No. 936/Cr-C/2017 gaziyyaage hukum kurevvee 2.8.2018 gai.— PGOMV (@PGO_MV) August 8, 2019
HC gai hudhdha ah edhunee 2.8.2018 gai.
Javaabudhevvee 6.8.2018 gai
The Prosecutor General's office stated that it had requested to appeal the case to the High Court on August 2, 2018, the same day as the Criminal Court's verdict in the case and received an answer from the High Court on August 6, 2018.
The case of Rilwan which shocked the country at the time is also being investigated by the Presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearance. The president of the commission Husnu Al Suood has even stated that the commission has found sufficient evidence to charge the members of the "Terrorist group" that was behind Rilwan's disappearance.
Suood stated so in a series of tweets and informed that the commission was deliberating on whether to release the information before the end of the month. The state brought charges against Alif Raoof from H. Hilton and Mohamed Noorradheen from G.Dh Vaadhoo, Karankaage.