Dr. Afrasheem Ali's Murder

Inquiry commission questions ex-police commissioner reg. lawmaker's murder

  • The former police commissioner has been subject to criticism since he declared that details of the murder will be shared at the “right time”, back in 2015
  • The inquiry commission had revealed plans to question Riyaz, in April
  • Riyaz was the head of the police service when Dr. Afrasheem was murdered in 2012

Aishath Shaany
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K. Male' 2019 Nov 05 | Tue 18:01 2,525 local

MP Abdulla Riyaz - samaah

Former police commissioner Abdulla Riyaz has been questioned by the presidential Commission on Murders and Enforced Disappearances, regarding Dr. Afrasheem Ali’s case.

The Thimarafushi constituency MP announced this via Twitter on Tuesday evening.

Noting that he has shared “all information received” on the religious scholar’s murder with the commission, Riyaz added that he had also responded to “every” question asked by the members.

The former police commissioner has been subject to criticism since he declared that details of the murder will be shared at the “right time”, back in 2015.

The inquiry commission had revealed that Riyaz will be questioned in the investigation into the murder, back in April, after pressure from the public over the said statement.

However, the Thimarafushi constituency MP has since said that “there is no new information” in the case.

He was the head of the police service when Dr. Afrasheem was murdered in 2012.

The Ungoofaaru constituency MP was stabbed to death in the stairwell of his house in the capital city, in October 2012.

Two were charged over his murder, and Hussain Humaam was convicted and sentenced to death after a dubious trial.

The presidential commission recently revealed that it has been facing difficulties in obtaining some information in the investigation, which has led to a delay in publicizing its findings.

The Commission of Murders and Enforced Disappearances was formed on incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s first day in office, last November.

In addition to Dr. Afrasheem’s case, the commission is investigating 24 other murders and disappearances including the murders of journalist Ahmed Rilwan and human rights' activist Yameen Rasheed.

It was the commission that confirmed Rilwan’s murder back in September, after years since his disappearance in August 2014. While it revealed that he was killed by religious extremists, its findings showed that there are connections in these three cases.

Suood in December 2018 said that there were patterns and similarities between the three cases, leading the commission to believe they were linked.

Last updated at: 1 month ago | Reviewed by: Leevan Ali

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