Irufaan and accomplices remanded in custody for 15 days

October 24, 2019: The Presidential Commission on Deaths and Disappearances (DDCOM) has stated that it is searching for Irufaan Rushdhy. (Photo/Police)

Irufaan Rushdhy from M. Kuriruhge, who the Presidential Commission on Deaths and Disappearances (DDCOM) had announced that it was searching for has been remanded in custody for 15 days, after being arrested on a boat at sea.

The Commission had announced the search for Irufaan in connection with the murder of 14-year-old Fathir Mohamed Ali on June 3, 2016. Irufaan was arrested on a speedboat that ran into trouble at sea near G. Dh Kaadeddhoo yesterday. He was arrested in the early hours of yesterday after the boat named “Blue Wave” ran out of fuel and requested the assistance of authorities.

The boat was brought to G. Dh Thinadhoo after the authorities grew suspicious of the boat and the people on board. All four people including Irufaan were questioned by the authorities. The Thinadhoo magistrate court had ordered that Irufaan and his accomplices be held in custody for 15 days.

Irufaan's search by the DDCOM raised questions surrounding his whereabouts after the DDCOM announced that Customs officials had stated Irufaan had left the country in 2015 only to never return. However, the DDCOM also stated that it had obtained video footage of Irufaan from a CCTV at the scene of Fathir’s murder and appealed for the assistance of the public in locating him.