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JSC suspends Judge Hassan Ali over Rilwan case

Mariyam Malsa
17 September 2019, MVT 09:46
Judicial Service Commission decided to suspend Judge Hassan Ali. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
17 September 2019, MVT 09:46

Judicial Service Commission (JSC), on Monday, suspended High Court Judge Hassan Ali in connection to the case of missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan.

During his tenure as the Immigration Controller, Hassan Ali was accused of attempting to prove that Rilwan died after he fled Maldives to participate in a foreign conflict.

He allegedly worked with intelligence officers of Maldives Police Service to produce a passport and falsify proof that the missing journalist had left the country. He is further accused of attempting to have a media company such as NDTV report misinformation regarding the journalist.

JSC stated that the Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances was currently investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, Professional Standards Command (PSC) of Maldives Police Service has decided to dismiss Mohamed Jinah and Ibrahim Riffath, the two officers involved in the matter.

Rilwan's whereabouts remain unknown since he was abducted in a red car on August 8, 2014, in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale'.

According to the presidential commission's President Husnu al-Suood, evidence indicated that Rilwan was murdered by a local extremist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.

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