Commission on Deaths and Disappearances

Activist ‘Shumba’ Ashraf summoned to inquiry commission

  • RaajjeMV understands that Ashraf is to be questioned over the murder of MP Afraasheem and abduction of Rilwan
  • Following Rilwan’s disappearance, Ashraf had used his Twitter account to make a number of claims about the journalist’s fate

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K. Male' 2019 Apr 18 | Thu 11:17 588 local

Ahmed 'Shumba Gong' Ashraf - Social Media

Social media activist Ahmed Ashraf has been summoned for questioning by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances.

Ashraf, widely known by his online persona ‘Shumba Gong’, has confirmed this, although he claims he does not know the reason for him being summoned.

RaajjeMV understands that Ashraf is being called for questioning over the murder of MP Afraasheem Ali, and the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

Following Rilwan’s disappearance, Ashraf had used his Twitter account to make a number of claims about the journalist’s fate.

In 2015, Ashraf sent out a tweet claiming that Rilwan had been drowned, which he has since deleted, in turn claiming that he only wrote the tweet at the instruction of former president Abdulla Yameen.

Ashraf’s tweet says, ‘[President] Yameen called me on Viber and instructed me to say Rilwan has been drowned. It is something I did at the orders of [President] Yameen. He then left to China’.

The commission has been investigating 25 cases of suspicious deaths and disappearances, and last week summoned Zahid Rameez who in 2012 used his Twitter account to threatened to ‘get rid of’ blogger Yameen Rasheed.

Zahid, in his tweet, said that Rilwan is ‘rid of’ and said that Yameen ‘maybe next’.

Last updated at: 3 days ago | Reviewed by: Aishath Shaany

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