Commissioner of Police (CP) Mohamed Hameed confirmed on Wednesday that the two officers from Maldives Police Service alleged of being involved in Ahmed Rilwan's case were dismissed over accepting bribes from former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.
According to the investigative report prepared by the Presidential Commission on Investigation of Murders and Enforced Disappearances, Police officers Mohamed Jinah and Ibrahim Riffath attempted to produce a passport and falsify proof that missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan had left the country.
Attorney General (AG) Ibrahim Riffath ordered the arrest of the two implicated officers.
However, Police did not arrest the two, citing lack of sufficient evidence following discussions with the commission.
Police's disciplinary board advised CP Hameed to investigate the two officers and dismiss them from their posts, but Hameed affirmed that they were not sacked due to the presidential commission's report.
"They were dismissed over a case under investigation since 2017, concerning them receiving funds from former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb", the Commissioner said.
National Integrity Commission (NIC) launched investigations to Police's probe into Rilwan's case. Following this, NIC declared that there was no evidence backing that Maldives Police Service was negligent in the investigations conducted into the missing journalist.
Following Rilwan's disappearance, Ex-VP Adeeb took measures to alleviate the pressure on former President Yameen's administration by the public and international bodies over the authorities' incompetence in dealing with the case.
At the time, Adeeb kept tabs on communications between political figures regarding Rilwan, gatherings held by the victim's family and any relevant information, aided by some Police personnel.