Nasheed shares draft report on Rilwan’s murder with PG leaders

(From L-R) PNC's parliamentary group leader, MP Adam Shareef Umar; MDP's parliamentary group leader, MP Ali Azim; Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed; JP's parliamentary group leader, Qasim Ibrahim; and PPM's parliamentary group leader MP Ahmed Shiyam pcitured holding copies of the draft report on journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla's murder on September 2, 2019. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Speaker of Parliament, former president Mohamed Nasheed has shared the presidential commission on investigation of murders and enforced disappearances' draft report on the abduction and murder of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla with parliamentary group leaders.

The presidential commission had presented Nasheed with the draft report earlier this Monday.

The Parliament confirms copies of the draft report have now been shared with parliamentary group leaders.

The presidential commission, on Sunday, announced that it had evidence Rilwan was abducted from Hulhumale’ where he resided, forced into a car, put on board a dinghy boat, transferred to another vessel, and then murdered by strangulation in the early hours of August 8, 2014.

It also announced that the Al-Qaeda branch in Maldives was responsible for both Rilwan’s abduction and murder.

The commission’s revelations marked the first official confirmation from a State source that Rilwan, who had been missing since August 8, 2014, had been murdered.

The commission’s revelations also implicate former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor in tampering with the investigation into Rilwan’s disappearance.

According to Suood, the commission has evidence Adeeb made attempts to fabricate evidence to make it appear like Rilwan had not been abducted, but had travelled to Syria to join a militant group and had died there.

He said that Adeeb also sent two police intel officers to talk to the Immigration Controller at the time, Hassan Ali, in an attempt to convince him to hand over a copy of Rilwan’s passport; and influenced the judiciary to release on one the suspects in the case.

Suood said that former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s actions were also suspect, but that the commission had not found enough evidence to establish a direct link between Yameen and the case, or enough evidence for a charge.