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Police search 9 residences in special operation

Mariyam Malsa
11 September 2019, MVT 14:01
Maldives Police Service launched a special operation to investigate addresses and persons identified as pertinent to the several ongoing cases probed by the presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
11 September 2019, MVT 14:01

Maldives Police Service, on Wednesday, revealed that they searched nine residences in Male' and Addu during the special operation launched as part of the presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances' probe.

Eight addresses in the capital city of Male' and one located in Addu City were raided late Tuesday, based on information highlighted in the presidential commission's report concerning the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

Chief Inspector and Spokesperson of Police Izmia Zahir stated that no arrests were made during the operation. She did not disclose further information.

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) also conducted a special operation with arms at the same time. No details were revealed regarding the operation.

According to the presidential commission, evidence implied that Rilwan was killed by a local group affiliated with al-Qaeda, a militant extremist multi-national organisation.

Rilwan was abducted on August 8, 2014, near his apartment in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale', and forced into a red car. According to commission president Husu al-Suood, the journalist was transferred to a dinghy and then killed aboard another marine vessel.

However, Suood said that disparities between different testimonies prevented the aforementioned evidence from being sufficient to prove a murder.

Speaking at a press conference held on Monday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih guaranteed that the government was prepared to take immediate action over the journalist's disappearance.

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