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Ex-police chief accused of incompetence over MP's murder probe

Mohamed Visham
15 August 2016, MVT 15:53
MP Riyaz Rasheed pictured during a parliamentary committee sit-down. MIHAARU FILE PHOTO/NISHAN ALI
Mohamed Visham
15 August 2016, MVT 15:53

A top government lawmaker on Monday accused former police chief of incompetence over the investigation into the murder of a prominent lawmaker in 2012.

Vilufushi MP Riyaz Rasheed during the parliament sitting on Monday said the then police commissioner Abdulla Riyaz who is now the Kinbindhoo MP had failed to properly investigate the MP's murder.

He also said "police had no documents of the investigation," Riyaz alleged.

"The president refused to appoint him [Riyaz] as the home minister because of his incompetence," the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) deputy parliametary group leader added.

However, the ex-police chief vehemently denied the accusations by insisting that all documents related to the investigation had been accounted for when he resigned.

Police spokesperson also insisted that no documents related to the investigation were missing.

The accusations from Riyaz Rasheed came after the ex-police chief during the parliament sitting on Monday heavily criticized the police.

Abdulla Riyaz had said the police no longer had the authority to independently conduct investigations free from political influence.

Afrasheem’s body was discovered brutally stabbed to death in the stairwell of his home on October 2, 2012.

Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of Afrasheem’s murder.

Hussain Humam Ahmed the first person to be executed in the Maldives for more than 50 years.