K. Male' | Shan Anees | 30-December-2018 | Sunday 15:49 | twitter | Local | 560
Husnu Suood, president of the ‘Commission on Investigation of Murder and Enforced Disappearances’, has revealed the list of cases they are currently investigating.
Suood revealed, at a press conference on Sunday, that the commission is currently investigating 25 cases in total:
Suood said that while the commission previously expected their investigation into these cases to take two years to complete, progress has been ‘faster than expected’.
The commission president said that they have thus far received support from state institutions, namely the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives and Prosecutor General’s Office.
Suood said that, at the current pace, they expect their investigation to be completed by April, next year. Experts with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, specializing in longterm cases, audio-visual investigation, and forensics, are to arrive within two weeks to assist in the investigation.
The commission also revealed that they have appealed to Professor Hassan Ugail for his assistance in analysing CCTV footage and video evidence. Professor Ugail had previously expressed his willingness to assist the commission, through his facial recognition and emotion detector.
Suood also said that delay in passing the bill to empower the commission has caused some difficulty as they are required to ‘depend’ on other institutions for support.
In this regard, Suood said that their request for detention of suspects, who could potentially influence the investigation, can be rejected by the police and it turns into ‘their call’.
Responding to criticism of the bill, Suood said he does not believe it is unlawful and that it has been reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office, but its passing is ultimately the prerogative of the People’s Majlis, Maldives’ unicameral parliament.
The commission said that they will be also be taking on new cases and that no allegations filed with them would be 'ruled out without expert review and opinion'. Suood said that the commission will also be working with the consent of victims' families.
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